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ERIC Number: ED449411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
The Educational Impact of E-Mail: Extraverted versus Introverted Students.
Kunderewicz, Larisa; Michener, Stacey; Chambliss, Catherine
College students (N=151) completed surveys assessing the relationship between e-mail use and extraversion. The variables studied included time spent on e-mail; the frequency of e-mail usage; and the purposes e-mail served for each student. The results suggest that extraverts use e-mail as a form of procrastination more than introverts, and that extraverts find e-mail to be more disruptive to their work. Introverts commonly prefer to stay within their own environment, and seem to use e-mail and the Internet primarily as a means of conducting research rather than as a means of participating in a more extensive communication network. Therefore, e-mail is not as distracting for introverted students. Although time spent on e-mail was not found to be significantly different for introverts and extraverts, the results suggest that this may be because introverts use e-mail regularly in completing academic assignments. Extraverts who are seeking greater companionship seem to make use of e-mail as a way of avoiding feeling alone. (Contains 10 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A