Drawing the net: internet identification, internet use, and the image internet users.

J Gavin, J Duffield, M Brosnan, R Joiner, P Maras

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Abstract

Theory and research suggest that Internet identification may account for some of the gender divide in Internet use. Internet identification is a type of domain identification, and is inherently bound with images of those who use the Internet, a domain traditionally conceived as masculine. Combining the “draw an Internet user” test with an Internet identification scale, this study tests two hypotheses: participants drawing gender-concordant images will (i) identify with and (ii) use the Internet more than those drawing gender-discordant images. Participants were 371 students (121 males, 250 females) from three universities in the United Kingdom and Australia. The need to challenge masculinized images of the Internet is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-481
Number of pages4
JournalCyberpsychology & Behavior
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2007

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