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Использование интернета и культурное потребление в странах Европы: сравнительный анализ

This paper analyzes the relationship between internet use and cultural consumption in Europe. Much research was made in order to disentangle the impact of internet upon everyday life. At the same time, the results of these studies differ. On the one hand, internet is reported as a substitution for traditional forms of social interactions. On the other hand, plethora of papers report positive effects of internet on social activity and leisure, and define online practices as a part of emerging cultural capital. Along with it, the relationship between online-practices and corresponding offline-practices still lacks research. In this work we use the example of cultural practices of cinema, concerts and opera attendance to reveal the impact of internet use for cultural purposes. In particular, we analyzed the relationship of downloading/watching films online and downloading/listening to music online. Using Eurobarometer 79.2 data we found that online music and film consumption is positively related to corresponding offline activities. At the same time, this relationship is moderated by other social features such as age, size of the area where the respondent lives and also by the level of country development.