Relationship of Internet Activity to Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction

• Author(s): John A. DeLeon, Lawrence Murphy Smith & Rabih Zeidan • Published: March 2024
• Pages in paper: 27


Prior research shows that the internet has enhanced information dissemination and facilitated economic development. However, the impact of the internet is not evenly distributed among countries or within countries of the world. While the internet facilitates an increase in economic activity, the economic reward from that activity is not evenly distributed to all segments of a society, which leads to income inequality. If income inequality is perceived as excessive, that may cause the population’s life satisfaction to go downward. Findings indicate a negative relationship between internet usage and income inequality, but a positive relationship between internet usage and life satisfaction. Thus, decreases in income inequality and increases in happiness are both associated with increases in internet usage.

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