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ERIC Number: EJ1048012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9491
Intersections between the Autism Spectrum and the Internet: Perceived Benefits and Preferred Functions of Computer-Mediated Communication
Gillespie-Lynch, Kristen; Kapp, Steven K.; Shane-Simpson, Christina; Smith, David Shane; Hutman, Ted
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v52 n6 p456-469 Dec 2014
An online survey compared the perceived benefits and preferred functions of computer-mediated communication of participants with (N = 291) and without ASD (N = 311). Participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) perceived benefits of computer-mediated communication in terms of increased comprehension and control over communication, access to similar others, and the opportunity to express their true selves. They enjoyed using the Internet to meet others "more," and to maintain connections with friends and family less, than did participants without ASD. People with ASD enjoyed aspects of computer-mediated communication that may be associated with special interests or advocacy, such as blogging, more than did participants without ASD. This study suggests that people with ASD may use the Internet in qualitatively different ways from those without ASD. Suggestions for interventions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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