Internet Use Among College Students: Are There Differences By Race/Ethnicity?

Kathleen Korgen, William Paterson University
Patricia Odell
Phyllis Schumacher, Bryant University

Document Type Article

Published by ICAAP in the Electronic Journal of Sociology, volume 5 issue 3, 2001.

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A large study of college students found that differences by race/ethnicity in use of the Internet exist even among undergraduates at Internet-accessible colleges and universities. Differences were significant for overall use and even among students owning their own computers. While presence or absence of a computer in the home of origin (and length of time, if present) strongly influenced Internet use, such factors did not account for all the differences found by race/ethnicity. Self-reported study time was also found to be strongly connected to Internet use, and this also differed significantly by race/ethnicity.