Addicted To Pillaging In Cyberspace: Investigating The Role Of Internet Addiction In Digital

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The present exploratory study sought to address a gap in the current literature on problematic Internet use by investigating the relationship between Internet addiction and digital piracy. The main research question guiding this study was whether IA was correlated with digital piracy. The expectation was that IA would indeed be correlated with digital piracy and increase odds of perpetration. Secondly, taking into account that previous literature on both IA and digital piracy emphasizes the importance of online relationships (Acier & Kern, 2011; Fitzpatrick, 2008; Marcum, Higgins, Wolfe, & Ricketts, 2011), it was expected that deviant peer association would increase the odds of pirating. Finally, taking into account that previous research on both IA and digital piracy has largely shown that these problems affect a greater proportion of males (Andreou & Svoli, 2013; Gunter, Higgins, & Gealt, 2010; Hinduja, 2012; Lam, Peng, Mai, & Jing, 2009; Shaw & Black, 2008), it was expected that being male would increase the odds of pirating.

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Catherine D. Marcum, Jordana N. Navarro, George E. Higgins & Melissa L. Ricketts (2014) "Addicted to pillaging in cyberspace: Investigating the role of internet addiction in digital piracy" Computers in Human Behavior volume 37 pp. 101-106 Version of record available @ (
Language: English
Date: 2014
internet, addiction, social networking, cyberspace

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