The dimensionality and correlates of flow in human-computer interactions

Jane Webster, Linda Klebe Trevino, Lisa Ryan

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Past research on playfulness in human-computer interactions has demonstrated that computers can encourage playfulness and that playfulness can have positive and negative work-related consequences. Thus, playfulness in human-computer interactions represents a potentially important topic for information systems research. This article first defines playfulness in human-computer interactions in terms of Csikszentmihalyi's (1975) flow theory and explores the dimensionality of the flow construct. Second, it reports the results of two studies conducted to investigate the factor structure and correlates of flow in human-computer interactions. Finally, implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-426
Number of pages16
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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