Divides among Thai Digital Natives

  • อัจฉรา เอ๊นซ์
  • พัชนี เชยจรรยา
Keywords: Digital divide, Digital natives, Thai adolescents

Abstract

The objective of this study is to investigate the digital divide among Bangkok digital
natives. A sample survey was used to collect data by self-administered questionnaires from
808 adolescents enrolling in secondary-level schools in 2018. Statistics, both descriptive and
inferential, were used in data analyses. Results: Although Bangkok adolescents were digital
natives living in the area with the highest proportions of information-and-communication
technology possession and uses, they were different in many digital-related variables at a
0.05 significance level. These included, first, the first-level digital divide which was found that
adolescents of different family-income level and parents’ educational level showed
differences in number of digital devices and the Internet-connection at home. Next, the
second-level digital divide consisted of 1) adolescents of different gender and attitude
toward the Internet showed differences in quantity of internet uses; 2) adolescents of
different gender, age and attitude toward the Internet showed differences in digital skills;
and 3) adolescents of different gender showed differences in performing knowledge-seeking
digital activities. While adolescents of different gender, age and attitude toward the Internet
showed differences in performing entertaining activities, adolescents of different attitude
toward the Internet, however, showed only differences in performing social activities.

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Published
2021-03-03
Section
Research Articles