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Growing Up Digital: Exploring Youth's Civic Uses of the Internet in Digital Cities of East Asia

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The young generation embraces new information and communication technology much more rapidly than adults. Research and marketing reports have mostly attended to adolescents’ online behavior as consumers rather than as citizens, however. This paper thus investigates the extent to which the Internet is embedded into youth’s civic life and the degree to which this new medium engages them in becoming citizens. Data were collected from 1,303 middle school students from Seoul, Singapore, and Taipei. The findings reveal that only 29 percent of the surveyed teens connected to the Internet to read news. In addition, although chatting and email exchange were common activities for youth, only a small portion in our sample engaged in political discussion online. Nonetheless, we found a positive role that the Internet can play in teens’ civic engagement. That is, for teens who consider the Internet helpful for informational and deliberative purposes, a greater level of Internet use was associated with a higher level of community services. The findings confirmed previous research that points to the factor of motivation as mediating the effect of the Internet. In other words, civic-minded Internet users are more likely to engage civically.

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Lin, Wan-Ying., Kim, Yong-Chan., Jung, Joo-Young. and Cheong, Pauline. "Growing Up Digital: Exploring Youth's Civic Uses of the Internet in Digital Cities of East Asia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY, <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p14514_index.html>

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Lin, W. , Kim, Y. , Jung, J. J. and Cheong, P. H. "Growing Up Digital: Exploring Youth's Civic Uses of the Internet in Digital Cities of East Asia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY Online <PDF>. 2009-05-25 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p14514_index.html

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Abstract: The young generation embraces new information and communication technology much more rapidly than adults. Research and marketing reports have mostly attended to adolescents’ online behavior as consumers rather than as citizens, however. This paper thus investigates the extent to which the Internet is embedded into youth’s civic life and the degree to which this new medium engages them in becoming citizens. Data were collected from 1,303 middle school students from Seoul, Singapore, and Taipei. The findings reveal that only 29 percent of the surveyed teens connected to the Internet to read news. In addition, although chatting and email exchange were common activities for youth, only a small portion in our sample engaged in political discussion online. Nonetheless, we found a positive role that the Internet can play in teens’ civic engagement. That is, for teens who consider the Internet helpful for informational and deliberative purposes, a greater level of Internet use was associated with a higher level of community services. The findings confirmed previous research that points to the factor of motivation as mediating the effect of the Internet. In other words, civic-minded Internet users are more likely to engage civically.

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Growing Up Digital: Exploring Youth’s Civic Uses of the Internet in Digital Cities of East Asia Wan-Ying Lin* Yong-Chan Kim** Joo-Young Jung*** Pauline Hope Cheong**** Paper to be presented to the Political Communication Division th 55 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association May 26-30 2005 New York New York *Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Southern California. **Assistant Professor University of Alabama. ***International Research Scholar University of Tokyo. ***Assistant Professor SUNY-Buffalo. Please direct all correspondence to Wan-Ying Lin Annenberg
29 Table 7. Chi-Square Tests on Interaction Effects of Internet Connection and Civic Goals on Youth’s Civic Engagement Pearson Chi-Square Value df Sig. (2-sided) Internet not helpful for news .700 1 .403 Internet helpful for news 12.157 1 .000 Internet not helpful for expression .179 1 .672 Internet helpful for expression 12.201 1 .000 30


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