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Emerging findings from the Interpersonal Communications study

by , September 19, 2011

Category: Interpersonal Communication, News

Fieldwork for the Interpersonal Communications study is complete and data analysis is well underway. The study, which is investigating communication and public access venue use between people in the Philippines and their family members who are working overseas, has identified some early, emerging findings from the user surveys.

Many survey respondents report that they have home access, but continue to use public access venues to communicate with their parents who are working abroad due to better connection speeds, other services (e.g., printing), and being able to see their friends. However, only a small number of parents working abroad use cybercafes or other public access venues, relying on their own computers and internet connections or those of their employers.

Home internet users report having more knowledge of the lives of their parents who are working abroad than those who solely use public access venues. Many of those without access at home report they are able to use public access venues at least once a month, and in between venue use, most rely on mobile phones to communicate with their family members. Those who use internet at public access venues have a higher budget for communications than those who just use mobile phones.

Almost half of the parents of users surveyed work in the Middle East, and the majority are domestic workers or working in construction.

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These are project updates made by members of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School. TASCHA is responsible for the implementation for the Global Impact Study.

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