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A quantitative examination of explanations for reasons for internet nonuse

Helsper, Ellen J. and Reisdorf, Bianca C. (2013) A quantitative examination of explanations for reasons for internet nonuse. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16 (2). pp. 94-99. ISSN 2152-2715

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Identification Number: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0257


This article investigates patterns of reasons for digital disengagement of British adults. It adds a psychological dimension to research that is mostly sociological in nature in trying to separate out explanations for disengaging from the Internet by choice or by forced exclusion. The analysis of a nationally representative survey shows differences between the number of reasons and the most important reasons among different sociodemographic groups, but also among individuals with different psychological profiles. The findings suggest that ex-and nonusers do not have one simple reason for nonuse, but a multifaceted range of reasons, which often represent disadvantages at several levels. The range of often mentioned reasons, moreover, shows that motivations for disengagement cannot be measured by means of the most important reason, but that all reasons have to be taken into account and looked at concertedly.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 13:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:02

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