Social Support for Digital Inclusion: Towards a Typology of Social Support Patterns

This article by Axelle Asmar, Leo van Audenhove and Ilse Mariën (iMEC-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) published by Cogitatio, contributes to a better understanding of patterns of social support in relation to digital inequalities. It shows that mechanisms of in/exclusion are highly social, as they entail a diversity of formal and informal support-seeking patterns, which in turn have an important influence on the adoption and use of digital media, and introduces the concept of social support for digital inclusion defined as the aid (emotional, instrumental, and informational) that an individual receives from his/her network in his/her use of digital technologies.

The full article can be downloaded here:https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/article/view/2627/2627

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