Adolescent internet usage in Taiwan: Exploring gender differences

Chien Huang Lin, Shu Fen Yu

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The purpose of this study was to explore gender differences in adolescent Internet accessibility, motives for use, and online activities in Taiwan; 629 5thand 6th-graders were surveyed. Findings revealed that the gap in gender differences with regard to Internet use has decreased in this generation. Even though the Internet is the most recent form of major media in the world, it has become the second most important medium as perceived by boys and girls. No gender difference was found in adolescents' motives for using the Internet. The ranking of relative importance of motives for adolescents going online was searching for information, followed by socializing, and boredom avoidance for both boys and girls. However, a gender difference in online activities seems to persist. Searching for homework information and playing games were the most popular online activities for all adolescents. However, while girls tended to view the Internet more as a means of searching for information and emailing friends, boys tended to use it more for playing games and downloading software.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Science Research
Subtitle of host publicationA Cross Section of Journal Articles for Discussion and Evaluation
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781351968393
ISBN (Print)9781936523016
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2016


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