GENDER DIFFERENCES IN PATHOLOGICAL INTERNET USE AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES

Authors

  • R. Musa Institute of Business Excellence (IBE), Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor
  • P. Neging Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 96400 Mukah, Sarawak
  • J. Saidon Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4314/jfas.v10i2s.85

Keywords:

pathological internet use (PIU), media system dependency theory, millennials

Abstract

Recent studies indicate that sex and psychological features are related to various kinds of Internet use. This research is aimed to explore the role of social structure, personality characteristics and demographical factors in predicting pathological use of internet. Through stratified sampling, 656 upper secondary school students were selected as the subjects of the research. They were asked to complete a questionnaire on pathological Internet use (PIU), Social System, Media System and Neurotic Personality Scale. Higher grade students used Internet earlier, spent more total time online per week, and scored higher on online skills. Significant differences existed on Internet use and female sex. Compared with males, females significantly used the Internet frequently more for all Internet services and scored higher on Online Consumer Self-Efficacy (OCSE) skills and became Internet mavens. The difference between personality trait was also discussed.

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Published

2018-05-31

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