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Diffusion and usage patterns of the internet in Korea and Japan

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  • Diffusion and usage patterns of the internet in Korea and Japan
  • Bae, Young
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Diffusion and usage patterns of the internet in Korea and Japan
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Bae, Young

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2004-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 33(no. 2)
Pages 22
Subject Country Japan(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This study compares two countries, Korea and Japan, in the diffusion and usage of the internet among college students. The two countries exhibit different strategies in adopting new IT, which influence the adoption rate of the internet. Although Korea and Japan are adjacent to each other and share somewhat similar values and culture, there are significant differences in the usage of new media and new technologies. We attempt to empirically investigate these differences between the two countries. A survey of 977 university students of the two countries reveal that although governmental policy fueled the diffusion of internet services usage, other cultural factors also influence the adoption and usage of internet services. Koreans are more inclined to use the internet as a communication media, whereas the Japanese use the internet for information and entertainment. Individualistic vs. collectivist culture seems to have influenced these differences in usage patterns.