Internet Use and Volunteering: Relationships and Differences across Age and Applications

Filsinger, Maximilian; Freitag, Markus (2019). Internet Use and Volunteering: Relationships and Differences across Age and Applications. Voluntas, 30(1), pp. 87-97. Springer 10.1007/s11266-018-0045-4

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The internet plays an important part in our daily lives. In this paper, we ask whether internet use is negatively related to civic life when focusing specifically on formal volunteering. Furthermore, we account for group-specific and activity-specific internet effects. Using a representative population sample of Switzerland, we show that internet use decreases the probability of undertaking voluntary work. This result is qualified in two respects: First, we find that the negative relationship between internet use and volunteering is more powerful among young people than older adults who are more likely to volunteer when they use the internet. Second, the use of social networking sites seems to mitigate the negative influence of internet use on volunteering.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Filsinger, Maximilian and Freitag, Markus

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0957-8765

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alina Zumbrunn

Date Deposited:

20 May 2019 17:48

Last Modified:

20 May 2019 17:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11266-018-0045-4

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128714

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128714

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