Title: Where do you go online? A comparison of internet connectedness via personal computers and mobile phones in Japan

Authors: Joo-Young Jung

Addresses: Temple University, Japan Campus, 1-14-15-501 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047, Japan

Abstract: The ways in which people use the internet via Personal Computers (PCs) and mobile phones are examined in the unique context of Japan where the majority of people use the internet via mobile phones. Applying the concept of internet connectedness, people|s PC internet connectedness and mobile internet connectedness are compared. The result indicates that people engage in a wider variety of activities via their computers than via mobile phones. Also, PC connectedness showed a significantly higher number of e-mails received per day than mobile connectedness, while the number of e-mails sent was similar between the two media.

Keywords: age; personal computers; emails; internet connectedness; internet use; Japan; mobile communications; mobile internet; mobile phones; cell phones; internet phones; online connections.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2009.021670

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2009 Vol.7 No.1, pp.21 - 35

Published online: 30 Nov 2008 *

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