Transportation

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Factors associated with home-based e-working and e-shopping in Nanjing, China

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Abstract

The widespread adoption of information and communication technology has facilitated frequent e-activities in people’s daily life. From the perspective of individual’s time use on e-working and e-shopping at home, this paper aims to enhance our understanding of the function of home beyond a living space for family life. Using a household survey of 608 full-time paid employees who conducted e-activities at home in Nanjing, China, we investigated the characteristics and patterns of home-based e-working and e-shopping. Only 7.9% of the respondents neither e-shopped nor e-worked at home. We find that the socio-demographic context, Internet use habits, attitudes towards e-working/e-shopping, and geographical accessibility have influenced the patterns of home-based e-working and e-shopping. The results indicate that the rich e-activities taking place at home have changed the time use at home and reinforced the function of home as a multifunctional hub.

Keywords

Home Time use E-working E-shopping Geographical accessibility China 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The early draft of this paper was presented at the “International Symposium on ICT, Activities, Time use and Travel” organized by Nanjing University and International Association for China Planning (IACP) in July 2016, Nanjing. The authors greatly appreciate the comments from participants which helped to improve this paper. We are also grateful to the constructive comments of the three anonymous referees and the Guest Editors—Dr. Eran Ben-Elia and Prof. Feng Zhen.

Funding

Funding was provided by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41671154).

Authors’ contribution

B. P. Y. Loo: identified the research gap, suggested the literature review and research design, critically review the data quality and methodology, edited the manuscript, and made final approval of the version submitted. B. Wang: collected data, performed the analysis, and drafted the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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