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Title: Online recreation: The relationship between loneliness, Internet self-efficacy and the use of the Internet for entertainment purposes
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
McLaughlin, Deborah
First Published: 11-Jul-2005
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Computers in Human Behavior, 2007, 23 (3), pp. 1435-1446
Abstract: In this study, 150 undergraduates answered questions about their Internet usage and completed a loneliness and an Internet self-efficacy questionnaire. A factor analysis of the Internet usage items revealed three facets of online recreation, including, using the Internet for: computer-based entertainment, to facilitate offline entertainment, and for information about the entertainment world. Those who scored higher on loneliness were more likely to use the Internet for computer-based entertainment, as well as, use the Internet to obtain information about the entertainment world. Individuals higher in Internet self-efficacy were more likely to use the Internet for computer-based entertainment and to facilitate offline entertainment. Implications for the study of the psychological influences of the Internet are discussed in this paper.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.chb.2005.05.003
ISSN: 0747-5632
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers in Human Behavior, 2007, 23 (3), pp. 1435-1446. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2005.05.003
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