Cultural influence on online community use: a cross-cultural study on online exercise diary users of three nationalities
by Sanna Malinen; Piia Nurkka
International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Vol. 11, No. 2, 2015

Abstract: This study investigates the influence of culture on the use of a website intended for tracking exercise activities. The data was collected using an online survey with 258 respondents from three national backgrounds: Germany, the USA and Spain. In the analysis, the focus was on determining whether users' cultural background impacts their use and perception of the site, especially as concerns social networking and the sharing of content. The Spanish were most interested in social networking, collaboration and sharing content with others, whereas the German participants were the least interested in these activities. The applicability of Hofstede's cultural theory in the explanation of differences between national cultures in online community use is discussed.

Online publication date: Sun, 05-Apr-2015

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