An online survey was conducted among undergraduate and graduate students in Brazil to identify their access to social networks and technology readiness on digital platforms. The TRI scale (2.0) was used as support, encompassing the dimensions of optimism, innovativeness, discomfort, and insecurity. The results indicated high usage of platforms such as WhatsApp, YouTube, and Instagram. In terms of the dimensions, optimism and innovativeness emerged as important factors, reflecting a positive perception of networks and the belief that they can provide control and freedom in people's lives. Regarding discomfort, respondents did not express difficulties with technical support from service providers, suggesting that the technologies were designed for user-friendliness. However, the dimension of insecurity indicates a certain dependency on technology to perform tasks, such as preferring to send voice messages or texts instead of engaging in personal contact. This behavior may have implications for a decline in personal relationships.
Pires, Péricles; da Costa Filho, Bento Alves; and Mendes Junior, Ricardo, "Technology Readiness Index: a study applied to students" (2023). ISLA 2023 Proceedings. 16.