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The use of information technology among young adults--experience, attitudes and health beliefs

Journal article
Authors Ewa Gustafsson
Lotta Dellve
Maria Edlund
Mats Hagberg
Published in Appl Ergon
Volume 34
Issue 6
Pages 565-70
ISSN 0003-6870 (Print)
Publication year 2003
Published at Institute of Internal Medicine, Dept of Medicine
Pages 565-70
Language en
Links www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Adolescent, Adult, *Attitude to Computers, *Attitude to Health, Female, Humans, Information Science, Male, Quality of Life, Social Values, Sweden, *Telecommunications
Subject categories Occupational medicine, Communication Studies

Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore attitudes, coherence and health beliefs among young adults, related to their use and experience of information technology (IT). A qualitative approach was used and the data were collected through individual thematised interviews with 25 young IT users, aged 18-24. The interviews were analysed in line with the grounded theory method with a constructivist approach. The main findings were the young adults' experience of the two sides of being social, efficient and independent here and now. They described almost unlimited opportunities in connection with IT, but they also had misgivings, and perceived risks regarding IT use. Feelings of freedom and being efficient were countered by feelings of restrictions on living space and of intangibility. Knowledge concerning these attitudes, coherence and health beliefs can be considered when designing epidemiological and ergonomic studies aimed at risk identification.

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