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Observing travel and e-communication behavior: a social network approach

Willemsen, J.C. (2012) Observing travel and e-communication behavior: a social network approach.

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Abstract:Research on travel behavior has increasingly considered the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (e.g. phones and internet). Recently, social networks are becoming more important in describing the tradeoff between physical travel and the use of ICT means. This research is based on the assumption that people’s travel and electronic communication usage is a derived demand, i.e. people try to engage in activities by traveling or using e-communication to maintain or increase their social networks. Empirical data is gathered from Ahmedabad, India, using a Social Network Analysis combined with an activity-travel-communication diary. Five social network profiles have been developed, each representing people with their own, specific, balance of physical (face-to-face) and electronic communication with social network members. The travel and e-communication behavior of people from each profile is investigated thoroughly on seven travel related aspects typically used for travel demand studies. We investigated whether the differences in the various travel behavior aspects can be attributed to socioeconomics, spatial characteristics and social networks. Only the trip-lengthfrequency distributions show differences which cannot be explained by socioeconomics or spatial characteristics alone. This difference in travel pattern between social network profiles can be used in transport models.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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