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A typology of young people’s Internet use: Implications for education


Computers & Education Volume 56, Number 3, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Using data from a nationally representative survey of over a 1000 young people in the UK this paper proposes a typology of the ways young people are using the Internet outside formal educational settings; and examines the individual and contextual factors that help to explain why young people are using the Internet in this way. Specifically, this paper addresses two research questions. First, can we distinguish coherent profiles of young people’s Internet use? Second, how do these usage profiles relate to individual and contextual factors associated with the Internet user? From the results of latent profile analysis and multinomial regression four types of Internet usage profiles are identified: the peripherals, normatives, all-rounders and active participators, which were differentiated by individual characteristics and contextual features. Such research enables practitioners, researchers and policy makers to better understand how young people are using the Internet in order to think in a more informed way about how new technologies could be used to enhance education and learning; and to develop initiatives that more specifically target and support different segments of the population.


Eynon, R. & Malmberg, L.E. (2011). A typology of young people’s Internet use: Implications for education. Computers & Education, 56(3), 585-595. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved September 28, 2020 from .

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