Internet Seen as Positive Influence on Education but Negative on Morality in Emerging and Developing Nations
Pew research center (2015)
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- social media impact
Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.
No, this is a blog post.
Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?
This is a report from the Pew Research Centre and has not been peer reviewed. However, the report was prepared by a team of researchers including:
- Jacob Poushter, Research Associate
- Jill Carle, Research Associate
- James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy
- Richard Wike, Director, Global Attitudes Research
- Danielle Cuddington, Research Assistant
- Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research
- Kat Devlin, Research Analyst
- Bruce Drake, Senior Editor
- Michael Keegan, Information Graphics Designer
- David Kent, Copy Editor
- Bridget Parker, Research Assistant
- Steve Schwarzer, Research Methodologist
- Katie Simmons, Senior Researcher
- Bethany Smith, Administrative Coordinator
- Bruce Stokes, Director, Global Economic Attitudes
- Hani Zainulbhai, Research Analystr
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The authors are experienced researchers and reporters on public issues.
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What was the paper about?
The report examines how technology is used in emerging nations, how it is perceived by users and public opinion on the impact of the internet on society. More than 36,000 face-to-face interviews were conducted in 32 countries.
The report identified that the Internet has a positive influence on education, a negative influence on morality and a perceived balanced impact on politics. Also positive are the perceived impacts on socialisation and access to data.
Access to internet appears strongly related to a nations GDP
In emerging and developing nations, a majority of internet users are on social media.
Most people in developing nations own a cell phone, with a smaller percentage owning smart phones. Landline internet is uncommon.
The most common form of messaging is text.
If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
This is the first paper read which provides insight into the use of the internet in developing nations and how its impact is being perceived. Given the growing prevalence of the internet in developing nations, albeit on a mobile first or mobile only basis, it is interesting to note that while the internet is perceived as a benefit overall, it is perceived as a bad influence on morality.
The survey question related to morality was:
Has the increasing use of the internet had a good influence, a bad influence, or no influence at all on: a. morality?
No other details are available as to what morality is understood to be by participants.
What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?
This question is to be answered after your critical analysis is completed. Which sections (if any) of your critical analysis was this paper cited in?