Use of technology in the household: An exploratory study

Barcus Jackson, Caroline Howard, Phillip Laplante

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Since the 1980s, personal computer ownership has become ubiquitous, and people are increasingly using household technologies for a wide variety of purposes. Extensive IS research has resulted in useful models to explain workplace technology acceptance and household technology adoption. Studies have also found the determinants underlying technology acceptance in the workplace and household adoption are very different from the determinants of household use. Thus, while a great deal is known about workplace acceptance and household adoption, less is known about household technology use. As home computer use becomes prevalent, fewer households are left to adopt and it becomes increasingly important to understand household use. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study of 202 users of household personal computers to test a new model derived from the Model of Acceptance of Technology in the Household (MATH) and another behavior model based on a Decomposed Theory of Planned Behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrategic Adoption of Technological Innovations
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781466627833
ISBN (Print)1466627824, 9781466627826
StatePublished - Jan 31 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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