Title

Digital refugees? How students in Thailand and Australia seek and use information online

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of the Computer, the Internet and Management

Publisher

International Journal of the Computer, the Internet and Management

School

School of Science

RAS ID

29680

Comments

Originally published as: Gulatee, Y., & Comebes, B. (2018). Digital refugees? How students in Thailand and Australia seek and use information online. International Journal of the Computer, the Internet and Management, 26(3), 6-14. Original publication available here

Abstract

New generations of young people are still being touted as digital natives in a world where mobile technology is increasingly available worldwide. Technology, particularly mobile phones, serve as communication and information-seeking devices connected to the Internet. Technology appears in all levels of society from the rice field, the market place, the grocery store self-serve, online banking and shopping and school classrooms. These technologies are changing the way we communicate and socialise, and alter traditional ways of conducting business and making and maintaining social and family connections. How we use technology affects the development of new technologies, and vice versa, as new technology affects how we use it. This paper compares the interview findings of a much larger study conducted in a Thai university and an older dataset (2008) conducted across two Australian universities to determine whether the way young people use technology has changed during the last eight years. In both studies how students in their early years at university used technology and felt about technology were examined. Findings from the current research indicate that attitudes to technology and cultures of technology use amongst young people have changed little since the original study’s data collection eight years ago.

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