Cultural illiteracy and the Internet

Matías Recabarren*, Miguel Nussbaum, Claudia Leiva

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The Internet has created different expectations regarding its possibilities as a tool for including groups that have heretofore been excluded from the modern world. But mere access to information does not necessarily imply correct and effective use of it. Despite the great increase in Internet access in previously excluded areas, expectations of inclusion have not been fulfilled. Research suggests that the effectiveness of Internet use varies among cultures, but all such studies analyze countries as a whole with no further breakdown. Yet it is known that within a given country there co-exist subcultures that differ both in language and social context. This paper presents a study that shows the correlation between different social subcultures and their Internet knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-856
Number of pages4
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Adult
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Chile
  • Cultural Competency
  • Educational Status
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Knowledge
  • Social Conformity
  • Social Distance
  • Socioeconomic Factors


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