Women in Iran: The effect of marital status and the presence of family dependents at home on their use of the internet

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Abstract

Few studies have analyzed how women in Iranian communities use the internet. Our study investigates the effect of marital status and the presence of family dependents at home on their extent of internet use. Our analysis found that while higher incomes, having internet at home, being a student, and having higher qualifications can all increase Iranian women’s chances of using the internet more regularly, looking after a husband or having family dependants at home can have a significant and negative effect on their ability to use the internet on a regular basis. The findings from our small study suggest that less time to access the internet may mean less opportunities for Iranian women to contribute to their communities such as by voicing their opinions and concerns about societal issues that matter to them and by petitioning for change. It may mean less opportunities for participating in political events such as elections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-35
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Community Informatics
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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