ERIC Number: ED255804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences in Attitudes, Feelings, and Behaviors toward Computers.
Vredenburg, Karel; And Others
Despite the pervasiveness of computers and daily advances in computer technology, comparatively little is known about the psychological reactions and attitudes that individuals have toward computers. To investigate sex differences in attitudes, beliefs, feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and behavioral intentions toward computers, 157 male and 305 female undergraduate students were asked to complete a self-report questionnaire. Results showed that while there was no sex difference in access to computers, more men than women reported having used a computer, being enrolled in a computer course, and planning to purchase a computer. Both sexes believed computers to be male sex-typed. Men knew more about computers while women reported experiencing a greater fear of computers. The exponential growth of computers in all facets of life and all sectors of society underlines the necessity of developing successful strategies for dealing with the sex-typing and computer phobias identified in the present study. A seven-page reference list is appended. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Anxiety
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984). This research was supported in part by a grant from the Medical Research Council of Canada.