Succinct Survey Measures of Web-Use Skills

Eszter Hargittai*, Yuli Patrick Hsieh

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There is a dearth of survey instruments for measuring Internet skills. This article presents results from additional implementations of a previously-developed index measure. It considers the performance of the original instrument over time as well as shortened versions of it on two surveys of different populations. Drawing on analyses of five different data sets, the article makes recommendations for various length survey items for measuring people's web-use skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Internet
  • digital divide
  • digital inequality
  • digital literacy
  • measures
  • methodology
  • skills
  • surveys
  • web use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law

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