The relationship between Internet identification, Interner anxiety and Internet use

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

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Abstract

This paper reports a study investigating the relationship between Internet identification, Internet anxiety and Internet use. The participants were 446 students (319 females and 127 males) from two universities in the UK and one university in Australia. Measures of Internet identification and Internet anxiety were developed. The majority of participants were NOT anxious about using the Internet, although there were approximately 8% who showed evidence of Internet anxiety. There was a significant and negative relationship between Internet anxiety and Internet use. Those who were more anxious about using the Internet used the Internet less, although the magnitude of effect was small. There was a positive and significant relationship between Internet use and Internet identification. Those who scored high on the measure of Internet identification used the Internet more than those who did not. There was also a significant and negative relationship between Internet anxiety and Internet identification. Finally, males had a significantly higher Internet identification score than females. Implications of these findings are discussed. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1408-1420
Number of pages13
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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