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Social inhibition and its correlation with the uses and gratifications of internet use : a study about the predictors of excessive internet use

Conrady, N. (2009) Social inhibition and its correlation with the uses and gratifications of internet use : a study about the predictors of excessive internet use.

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Abstract:The present study examined Internet use of Dutch university students and gaming-site visitors. On the ground of existing literature about the antecedents of excessive Internet use and the uses and gratification approach, social inhibition and socio-affected regulation (SAR) mechanisms were chosen to form an integrative model of excessive Internet use. A sample of 90 Dutch Internet users was investigated by using Denollet’s DS14, Meerkerk’s Compulsive Internet Use Scale and a newly designed questionnaire of uses and gratifications on Internet to assess correlations between the three constructs. It was hypothesized that the more socially inhibited a person is, the more likely it becomes that SAR-driven variables will be used to explore the Internet which in turn leads to excessive Internet use. Hierarchic regression showed that social inhibition, SAR-driven variables and frequency of using the Internet explained 50.3 % of the variance of excessive Internet use. A relationship of compulsive Internet use and socio-affected regulation mechanisms was found, which indicated a mediation of social inhibition by SAR-driven mechanisms and behavior
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59057
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