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ERIC Number: ED521263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 123
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-4919-6
Use of Technology in the Household: An Exploratory Study
Jackson, Barcus C.
ProQuest LLC, D.CS. Dissertation, Colorado Technical University
Since the 1980s, personal computer ownership has become ubiquitous, and people are increasingly using household technologies for a wide variety of purposes. Extensive research has resulted in useful models to explain workplace technology acceptance and household technology adoption. Studies have also found that the determinants underlying technology acceptance and adoption in these two environments are very different from the determinants of household use. Thus, while a great deal is known about workplace acceptance and household adoption, less is known about actual household technology use. As home computer use becomes more prevalent, fewer households remain to adopt, and it becomes increasingly important to understand household use. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study of 121 users of household personal computer use. Salient factors from a study that focuses on socioeconomic differences among advantaged and disadvantaged individuals are used to extend the belief structure of the MATH model for prediction of Use of technology in the household. To extend the model two variables were added: "Availability" and "Personal Network Exposure." Of the two variables added to extend the model, only "Availability" returned as important when predicting use of technology in the household. Also, "Perceived Ease of Use," "Self Efficacy," "Utility for Work," and "HLC" were found important. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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