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Does using the Internet undermine or benefit the social involvement and psychological well-being of low-income users? Does social impact depend on race? What factors influence the social impact of Internet use on the other side of the digital divide? Findings from the HomeNetToo project suggest answers to these questions. In 1998, researchers at Carnegie(More)
HomeNetToo is a longitudinal field study designed to examine the antecedents and consequences of home Internet use in low-income families (http://www.HomeNetToo.org). The study was done between December 2000 and June 2002. Among the consequences considered was children's academic performance. Participants were 140 children, mostly African American (83%),(More)
This research examined race and gender differences in the intensity and nature of IT use and whether IT use predicted academic performance. A sample of 515 children (172 African Americans and 343 Caucasian Americans), average age 12 years old, completed surveys as part of their participation in the Children and Technology Project. Findings indicated race(More)
This research compared social networking site (SNS) use in a collectivistic culture, China, and an individ-ualistic culture, the United States (US). Over 400 college student participants from a Southwestern University in Chongqing, China, and 490 college participants from a Midwestern University in the US completed a survey about their use of SNSs – time(More)
This research examined relationships between children's information technology (IT) use and their creativity. Four types of information technology were considered: computer use, Internet use, videogame playing and cell phone use. A multidimensional measure of creativity was developed based on Torrance's (1987, 1995) test of creative thinking. Participants(More)
HomeNetToo is a longitudinal field study designed to examine the antecedents and consequences of home Internet use in low-income families. Participants included 140 children, mostly 13-year-old African American (83%) boys (58%), living in single-parent households (75%) where the median annual income was $15,000 (USD). This report focuses on children's(More)
This article identifies personal and situational factors that predicted Internet use during the first year of home Internet access by 123 adult participants who were primarily African American, female, never married and had annual household incomes of less than $15,000. In exchange for a home computer with Internet access from January 2001 till May 2002,(More)