A forum of their own: Views about the Internet among ultra-Orthodox Jewish women who browse designated closed fora

Azi Lev-On, Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

Abstract


The paper studies Internet uses and gratifications by ultra-Orthodox women who are members of closed online fora. The fora constitute a unique environment for ultra-Orthodox women, where they can talk amongst themselves anonymously using modern technology, for purposes that may be illegitimate in their community. It was found that the women perceive the Internet as harmful and dangerous to the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle, but as constructive and empowering personally. The paper also studies what relationships women form online and who they discuss their activities with.

Keywords


gender, Internet, religion, uses and gratifications

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i4.3228



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