The impact of digitalization on literacy: Digital immigrants vs. Digital natives

Shahrokh Nikou, Malin Brännback, Gunilla Widén

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Abstract

Considering the speed at which new digital technologies are evolving, this paper aims to investigate the impact of digital transformation on multiple dimensions of literacy. An empirical research using antecedent factors of adoption is conducted to investigate the relationships between factors influencing digital immigrants' and digital natives' intentions to use digital technology. Using survey data on 177 digital immigrants and 183 digital natives, structural equation modelling (SEM) and a novel configurational thinking method-fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA)-are applied. The results, while showing some similarities, reveal that digital immigrants and digital natives utilize digital technologies differently and their intentions to use are influenced by different factors. For instance, for digital natives, information literacy has no significant effect on intention to use, while this path is significant for digital immigrants. Moreover, fsQCA results, while supporting the SEM findings, show that there are multiple configurations of conditions leading to the outcome of interest-intention to use digital technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th European Conference on Information Systems - Information Systems for a Sharing Society, ECIS 2019
EditorsJan vom Brocke, Shirley Gregor, Oliver Muller
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781733632508
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event27th European Conference on Information Systems: Information Systems for a Sharing Society, ECIS 2019 - Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 8 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Publication series

Name27th European Conference on Information Systems - Information Systems for a Sharing Society, ECIS 2019

Conference

Conference27th European Conference on Information Systems: Information Systems for a Sharing Society, ECIS 2019
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm and Uppsala
Period8/06/1914/06/19

Keywords

  • Digital immigrants
  • Digital literacy
  • Digital natives
  • Digitalization
  • Information literacy

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