Internet usage and cosmopolitanism in Europe

by Kaela Schumann on December 9, 2016 - 10:47pm

In this article, Marc Verboord discusses Internet usage and cosmopolitanism In Europe. Cosmopolitanism is defined as the ideology that all human beings belong to a single community. In other words, this article shows how Internet usage affects people’s interest in other cultures. This is an important topic worth discussing because of the use of technology in this age and how important the Internet is to people, especially young adults. The method of data collection was from a survey that analyzed respondents from many countries.

            The major elements of the research include the survey they conducted and the results as well the way they analyzed it. The data was collected from a survey that had 26, 246 respondents in 29 different countries. Some include Germany, France and the UK. They took note of indicators of being interested in foreign culture some examples include; Often watching foreign tv/movies, sometimes reads foreign newspapers, enjoys reading foreign books in original language and enjoys eating foreign cuisine. In result, there were two positive effects of the use of Internet, which were buying cultural products and using interactive online features, pretty general but never the less significant information. As far as analyzing the data goes, he applied a hierarchical linear multilevel analysis. It is necessary to correctly estimate the errors at both the individual and the contextual level.

            What I found most surprising was that the Nordic and Eastern European countries displayed the highest levels of cosmopolitanism, which is defined as the ideology that all human beings belong to a single community. They are followed by the Southern and Western-Central European countries. The lowest scores were found in Baltic States and the British Isles. The surprising part is the British Isles having the highest data for Internet usage and show low levels of cosmopolitanism. This did not support his hypothesis.

            Overall, the idea of Internet connecting to interest in different cultures really intrigued me. The use of technology and the Internet in this day and age is substantial and this topic in contrast to most articles about the Internet shows the positive effects.


Verboord, M. (2016, May 17). Internet usage and cosmopolitanism in Europe: A multilevel analysis. Information, Communication & Society, 1-22. doi:10.1080/1369118x.2016.1187193






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