The urban digital lifestyle: An analytical framework for placing digital practices in a spatial context and for developing applicable policy

Tali Hatuka, Hadas Zur, Jose Antonio Mendoza

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Abstract

While people's social backgrounds clearly shape their adoption of digital technology and the Internet, their urban lifestyles and place of residence better explain their digital activities when they are online, and how they use technology. Most studies investigating individuals' use of digitization have neglected the effects of the physical built environment and the daily life of the community. Addressing this gap, this paper places digital practices in the socio-spatial world, and conceptualizes the term “urban digital lifestyle,” which refers to the dynamic relationships among three dimensions: (1) the user's socioeconomic status, (2) the user's residency, with a focus on the locale's socio-spatial characteristics, and (3) the user's digital practices. Empirically, this paper uses a mixture of methods to analyze the digital usage of residents in four neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. The methods used are neighborhood prototype analysis, digital practices survey (n = 490), and spatial and GIS analyses. Although the results may at first glance support the argument that education and socioeconomic status have significant influence on digital practices, these practices also reflect many other factors associated with the urban lifestyle. Thus, locales, places and neighborhoods remain crucial socio-spatial categories that have a major influence on daily life in the digital age.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102978
JournalCities
Volume111
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Community
  • Digital divide
  • Land uses
  • Neighborhood
  • Smart cities
  • Urban Fabric

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