Determining whether ICT improves social interactions

Gururajan, Raj (2005) Determining whether ICT improves social interactions. In: Encyclopedia of developing regional communities with information and communication technology. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, United States, pp. 159-163. ISBN 1-59140-575-0

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[Abstract]: Governments are increasingly aware of the power of the Internet as medium for communication and social interaction. Using the Internet Technology on broadband provides fact access to information and communication. In Western Australia, a network neighborhood is built on the combination of these technologies as a pilot project. This technology is expected to be used by the Western Australian government in order to provide services that would realize in a better quality of life to the residents of this neighborhood. This paper presents the results of a study conducted to test whether ICT actually improves the quality of life by facilitating social interactions as this appears to be a major cause for concern. The aim of the study is to present evidence that ICT is capable of enhancing social interactions and then to justify the use of this technology for improving the quality of life. For this purpose, after studying the Network Neighborhood by a team of students, a survey was conducted among residents of a small township in Western Australia to determine the positive effect of technology or otherwise. The initial survey administered prior to the implementation of the technology indicated that people in the Picton Waters neighbourhood were socially isolated and needed social interactions to improve the quality of their lives.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted accesss to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. However, print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 303.4833 Enc. Alternatively, USQ staff and students may access the paper via publisher's electronic version of the book at: http://resguide.usq.edu.au/index.php?type=ebooks&route=direct&ID=108 Pre-print version of article differs in title from the published version. Pre-print title: Does ICT improve social interactions?: a case study of Picton Water neighborhood in Australia. Awaiting Publ.version from author.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Raj Gururajan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:20
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT; internet; Western Australia; quality of life
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3079

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