Old wine in a new technology, or a different type of digital divide?

Shelia R. Cotten, William A. Anderson, Zeynep Tufekci

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Gender differences exist in both general and specific uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Most of this research has focused on computers and the internet to the exclusion of mobile phones. Little research has examined gender differences in specific types of mobile phone usage, especially among youth. This issue is examined using data from a random sample of middle-school students. Although gender differences exist at the bivariate level, the picture changes in multivariate models. Boys exhibited greater frequency of use for non-social, gadget-like features of mobile phones; no gender differences existed in more traditional communicative mobile phone uses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1163-1186
Number of pages24
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Digital divide
  • Gender
  • Mobile phone
  • Youth


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