The impacts of Internet use upon activity participation and travel: Results from a longitudinal diary-based panel study

At the outset of this research, two fields of transport research were in the ascendant. The first reflected technological change, considering the growth of new information and communications technologies and their impacts for transport systems and travel behavior. The second reflected social change, considering the growth in inequality and disadvantage and the contribution of transport systems and travel behavior to the same. This paper investigates a potential link between the two, exploring the hypothesis that virtual mobility, via the Internet, could provide a viable alternative to physical mobility in reducing mobility-related social exclusion. The paper presents data from a longitudinal, panel-based diary study. Results support the hypothesis that virtual mobility can provide a viable alternative to physical mobility in reducing aspects of mobility-related exclusion, by providing additional accessibility (virtual accessibility) without an increase in physical mobility. Furthermore, there is no evidence in this research to support a link between physical mobility and virtual mobility; and no evidence to suggest a negative effect of virtual mobility for sociability.


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  • Accession Number: 01144838
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 2009 2:36PM