A Quantitative Examination of Explanations for Reasons for Internet Nonuse

Helsper, E. J., & Reisdorf, B. C. (2013). A quantitative examination of explanations for reasons for Internet nonuse. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(2), 94-99.

Quello Center Working Paper

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 Last revised: 29 Jan 2016

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Ellen Johanna Helsper

Independent

Bianca Reisdorf

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte - College of Arts & Sciences; Michigan State University - Quello Center

Date Written: July 1, 2013

Abstract

This article investigates patterns of reasons for digital disengagement of British adults. It adds a psychological dimension to research that is mostly sociological in nature in trying to separate out explanations for disengaging from the Internet by choice or by forced exclusion. The analysis of a nationally representative survey shows differences between the number of reasons and the most important reasons among different sociodemographic groups, but also among individuals with different psychological profiles. The findings suggest that ex- and nonusers do not have one simple reason for nonuse, but a multifaceted range of reasons, which often represent disadvantages at several levels. The range of often mentioned reasons, moreover, shows that motivations for disengagement cannot be measured by means of the most important reason, but that all reasons have to be taken into account and looked at concertedly.

Suggested Citation

Helsper, Ellen Johanna and Reisdorf, Bianca, A Quantitative Examination of Explanations for Reasons for Internet Nonuse (July 1, 2013). Helsper, E. J., & Reisdorf, B. C. (2013). A quantitative examination of explanations for reasons for Internet nonuse. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(2), 94-99.; Quello Center Working Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2692141

Ellen Johanna Helsper

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Bianca Reisdorf (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte - College of Arts & Sciences ( email )

Charlotte, NC
United States

Michigan State University - Quello Center ( email )

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
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