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Title:Modelling predictors of adolescentsí attitude towards a cyber lives index
Auhtor(s): Cheng-Min Chao ,Tai-Kuei Yu ,Bor-Wen Cheng ,
Journal:Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science
Volume:18, No 1
Year:2013
Keywords:Internet leisure activity; Internet use; Internet addiction; Scale development; Cyber lives; Taiwanese adolescents
Abstract:The Internet usage is convenient, borderless, and unrestricted by time limits. However, this convenience can also lead to Internet addiction, especially for teenagers who do almost everything on the Internet, such as playing online games, searching for information, making friends, and staying in contact with friends and family. The current study develops a comprehensive model and instrument for measuring Taiwanese high school studentsí individual cyber lives. Data on multiple variables (online gaming, cyber friendships, Knowledge growth, family life, and peer relationships) are compiled based on previous research and used to establish a cyber lives scale. The instrument in this study, consisting of 22 items across five factors, is a reliable, valid, and useful measure for assessing adolescent cyber lives. In total, 2113 usable responses are obtained from 1162 males and 951 females aged 16-19. Drawing on some of the key factors that influence adolescent cyber lives, this paper offers a new perspective on this multifaceted topic.
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