Internet dependency, motivations for internet use and their effect on work productivity: the 21st century addiction

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Title: Internet dependency, motivations for internet use and their effect on work productivity: the 21st century addiction
Author: Hilts, Megan L.
Abstract: Past research has studied peoples’ addiction to the radio and television. Today some media scholars suggest that one can become addicted to or dependent on the Internet. The present study compares Internet use among college students and full-time employees to determine differences between those who are dependent and non-dependent Internet users, their motivations for Web sites visited and the effect of dependency on work productivity. The present study discovered that dependent Internet users are more likely to report that Internet use negatively affected their work productivity at both school and work and also reported higher levels of motivation for going online than non-dependents. No significant difference was found between students and full-time employees and their reported levels of Internet dependency. Keywords: Addiction, Internet, Dependency, Motivations, Productivity
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/6920
Date: 2008-06

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