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What kind of thief are you? Linking perceptions, personality traits and music taste to illegal downloading- how preferences, traits and notions affect online crime

Rump, Simon (2011) What kind of thief are you? Linking perceptions, personality traits and music taste to illegal downloading- how preferences, traits and notions affect online crime.

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Abstract:The World Wide Web is providing an infinite pool of illegally downloadable content, like music files. The present study is examining the illegal download behavior of young German adults and is searching for factors which are influencing and boosting illegal downloading. The effects of personality, musical taste, individual perceptions and personal values on this kind of behavior were assessed with the help of multiple scales. The underlying theoretical framework was evaluated for reliability. It was concluded that people differ in illegal download behavior by means of perceptions of anonymity, legal consequences, behavioral control and the personality dimension conscientiousness as well. The last-mentioned construct had, along with the Energetic& Rhythmic music taste, also a significant influence on the perception of legal consequences. Finally, the assumption that women have got significantly lower perceived behavioral control than men with regard to downloading illegal music content was confirmed, while no significant link between moral standards and illegal downloading was found.
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/60989
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