Relationship between motorized travel and time spent online for nonwork purposes: An examination of location impact

The effects of information and communications technologies (ICT) on mobility have been investigated for several decades; however, few studies have focused on the amount of time spent using ICT, its implications on travel behavior, and how such relationships may vary with the characteristics of residential location. This study focuses on the Internet use for nonwork purposes and two research questions are examined: Does the amount of time spent on the Internet affect motorized trip generation and motorized travel distance? How do these effects vary according to residential location such as urban, town, and rural areas where the levels of accessibility are different? The authors find there is a nonlinear relationship between the amount of time spent on the Internet for personal purposes and motorized mobility (i.e., auto and public transit trips), with both very low-end as well as very high-end Internet users having lower levels of motorized mobility, while moderate-intensity users having higher levels of motorized mobility. However, these effects vary according to residential location; for example, people living in urban areas have different levels of motorized mobility according to the amount of time spent online, while no significant impact is identified for people living in rural area.


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  • Accession Number: 01603401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2016 3:00PM