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Digital inequalities in health communication


Bonfadelli, Heinz (2021). Digital inequalities in health communication. In: Hargittai, Eszter. Handbook of digital inequality. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 220-235.

Abstract

Access to the internet has increased rapidly over the last 20 years; und seeking health information on the Internet or sharing health issues on social media now is one of the most preferred online activities by adults in western societies (PEW 2013; Eurostat 2020). However, even today, not everybody has access to and uses the internet and social media, and there still exist various inequalities in access, uses, competence and effects of online health information. This contribution first gives an overview of the digital divide concept as theoretical perspective and in application to health communication. In addition it is illustrated with data namely from empirical studies realized in Switzerland, Germany and Europe (e.g. the Eurobarometer Surveys).

Abstract

Access to the internet has increased rapidly over the last 20 years; und seeking health information on the Internet or sharing health issues on social media now is one of the most preferred online activities by adults in western societies (PEW 2013; Eurostat 2020). However, even today, not everybody has access to and uses the internet and social media, and there still exist various inequalities in access, uses, competence and effects of online health information. This contribution first gives an overview of the digital divide concept as theoretical perspective and in application to health communication. In addition it is illustrated with data namely from empirical studies realized in Switzerland, Germany and Europe (e.g. the Eurobarometer Surveys).

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:070 News media, journalism & publishing
Language:English
Date:19 November 2021
Deposited On:29 Dec 2021 13:10
Last Modified:21 Dec 2023 08:12
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN:9781788116565
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788116572.00023
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