A path analysis of social networks, telecommunication and social activity-travel patterns

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Berg, van den, P.E.W., Arentze, T.A. & Timmermans, H.J.P. (2013). A path analysis of social networks, telecommunication and social activity-travel patterns. Transportation Research. Part C: Emerging Technologies, 26, 256-268. In Scopus Cited 21 times.

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Abstract

 

The aim this study is to analyse the relationships between socio-demographic and land-use variables, social networks, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and social activity–travel patterns. Using path analysis, hypotheses on these links are tested. The analyses are based on a unique data set collected in 2008 in the Eindhoven region in the Netherlands among 747 respondents, using a 2-day social interaction (and travel) diary and a questionnaire. The results of the path analysis show many significant effects of socio-demographic and land-use variables. In addition, the results suggest that social networks generate social activities and travel. Regarding the relationship between ICT-use and social travel the results indicate that ICT-use has a substitutional (or neutral) effect on social travel, whereas the effect of social travel on ICT-use is neutral or complementary.