Investigating the temporal changes in the relationships between time spent on the internet and non-mandatory activity-travel time use

Wu, G., Hong, J. and Thakuriah, P. (V.) (2021) Investigating the temporal changes in the relationships between time spent on the internet and non-mandatory activity-travel time use. Transportation, (doi: 10.1007/s11116-021-10174-8) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

The amount of time we spend online has been increasing dramatically, influencing our daily travel and activity patterns. However, empirical studies on changes in the extent to which the amount of time spent online are related to changes in our activity and travel patterns are scarce, mainly due to a lack of available longitudinal or quasi-longitudinal data. This paper explores how the relationships between the time spent using the Internet, and the time spent on non-mandatory maintenance and leisure activities, have evolved over a decade. Maintenance activities include out-of-home activities such as shopping, banking, and doctor visits, while leisure activities include entertainment activities, visiting friends, sporting activities, and so forth. Our approach uses two datasets from two major cross-sectional surveys in Scotland, i.e. the 2005/06 Scottish Household Survey (SHS) and the 2015 Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) Survey, which were similarly structured and formed. The multiple discrete–continuous extreme value (MDCEV) model and difference-in-differences (DD) estimation are applied and integrated to examine how the relationships between the time spent on the Internet and travel have changed over time and the direction and magnitude of the changes. Our findings suggest that the complementary associations between Internet use and individuals’ non-mandatory activity-travel time use are diminishing over time, whereas their substitutive associations are increasing. We additionally find that such temporal changes are significant in the case of those who spent moderate to high levels of time on the Internet (5 h or more online) per week.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Thakuriah, Professor Piyushimita and Hong, Dr Jinhyun and Wu, Guoqiang
Authors: Wu, G., Hong, J., and Thakuriah, P. (V.)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Transportation
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0049-4488
ISSN (Online):1572-9435
Published Online:15 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2021
First Published:First published in Transportation 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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