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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 149132, 8 pages
Research Article

Social Capital and Technological Literacy in Taiwan

1Department of Health Care Administration, Oriental Institute of Technology, No. 58, Section 2, Szechwan Road, Banciao District, New Taipei City 220, Taiwan
2Department of Industrial Technology Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, No. 62, Shenjhong Road, Yanchao Township, Kaohsiung County 824, Taiwan
3Division of Collection and Research, National Science and Technology Museum, No. 720, Jiouru 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan

Received 13 October 2011; Accepted 11 December 2011

Academic Editor: Zane Robinson Wolf

Copyright © 2012 Hsieh-Hua Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The burgeoning interest in social capital within the technology community represents a welcome move towards a concern for the social elements of technological adaptation and capacity. Since technology plays an ever larger role in our daily life, it is necessary to articulate social capital and its relationship to technological literacy. A nationwide data was collected by area sampling, and position generator was used to measure social capital. Regression model was constructed for technological literacy. Age, gender, education, income, web access, and social capital were included as independent variables. The results show that age, gender, education, web access, and social capital were good predictors of technological literacy. It is concluded that social capital is helpful in coping with rapid technological change. Theoretical and empirical implications and future research are discussed.