• ANISSA SAIDI Faculty of Education and Social Science, Universiti Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • WONG YEE VON Faculty of Education and Social Science, Universiti Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • TIRZAH ZUBEIDAH ZACHARIAH OMAR Faculty of Education and Social Science, Universiti Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • LIM SEONG PEK Faculty of Education and Social Science, Universiti Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • RITA WONG MEE MEE Centre for Language, National Defence University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • KHOO KIM LENG School of Management and Marketing, Taylor’s University, Selangor, Malaysia.



mothers, digital access, SES, culture


The presence of mothers in digital technology and internet access creates a complex journey. Mothers’ socioeconomic status and cultural background significantly influence mothers’ use of digital tools to empower and challenge their role in digital domain challenges. This connection of technology to motherhood not only shapes their online experience but also defines their role in society, shapes their identities, and helps change perceptions of motherhood in the digital age. The research explores the impacts of digital access within the context of mothering and recognises the challenges in culture and socio-economic contexts in the digital age. This study presents the concept and theoretical model of mothers' use of digital access. The theoretical framework is based on Matricentric Feminism and Hofstede's Theory of Cultural Dimensions. These theories will shed light on the connections between mothers and the digital environment, including how socioeconomic status affects mothers' use of digital media on their socio-economic status and culture influences the media devices that mothers from different backgrounds use, and the various forms of mediation that mothers use. These connections provide us with insights into ways in which culture and socioeconomic status mediate maternal thought in the context of digital access, emphasising the importance of establishing inclusive digital environments that empower mothers of all backgrounds.


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How to Cite

SAIDI, A., VON, W. Y., OMAR, T. Z. Z., PEK, L. S., MEE, R. W. M., & LENG, K. K. (2024). THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY IN MATERIAL WELL-BEING AMONG MOTHERS. Quantum Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 5(3), 83–90.