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Gender, internet identification, and internet anxiety: correlates of internet use

Gender, internet identification, and internet anxiety: correlates of internet use

Joiner, Richard, Gavin, Jeff, Duffield, Jill, Brosnan, Mark, Crook, Charles, Durndell, Alan, Maras, Pamela F., Miller, Jane, Scott, Adrian J. and Lovatt, Peter (2005) Gender, internet identification, and internet anxiety: correlates of internet use. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 8 (4). pp. 371-378. ISSN 1094-9313 (doi:10.1089/cpb.2005.8.371)

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Abstract

This paper reports a study that investigated the effects of gender, Internet anxiety, and Internet identification on use of the Internet. The study involved 608 undergraduate students (490 females and 118 males). We surveyed the students' experience with the Internet, as well as their levels of Internet anxiety and Internet identification. We found a number of gender differences in participants' use of the Internet. Males were proportionally more likely to have their own web page than were females. They used the Internet more than females; in particular, they were more likely to use game websites, to use other specialist websites, and to download material from the Internet. However, females did not use the Internet for communication more than males. There was a significant positive relationship between Internet identification and total use of the Internet, and a significant negative relationship between Internet anxiety and total use of the Internet. Controlling for Internet identification and Internet anxiety, we found a significant and negative correlation between gender and use of the Internet. In total, all three of our predictors accounted for 40% of the variance in general Internet use: with Internet identification accounting for 26%, Internet anxiety accounting for 11%, and gender accounting for 3%

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: As from 2010 this journal is called Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. The new ISSN is 2152-2715.
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, internet anxiety, internet use
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
School of Health & Social Care
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:09
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3431

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