Gender differences in Internet identification and Internet anxiety

  • U Bhowon Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities, University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius
  • HC Cheshta Faculty of Social Studies & Humanities, University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius

Abstract



This exploratory study investigated gender differences in Internet identification and Internet anxiety. A sample of 231 students (138 females and 93 males) from four different schools participated in the study. A structured interview schedule was used to collect data. Factor analysis was carried out to test for construct validity. This resulted in three factors namely, Internet identification, Internet anxiety and Internet use. A significant negative relationship was found between Internet identification and Internet anxiety and a significant positive relationship was found between Internet identification and Internet use. Significant gender differences were found only for Internet identification with male students showing stronger identification with the Internet.

Gender and Behaviour. Vol. 4 (2) 2006: pp. 843-851
Published
2007-01-29
Section
Articles

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