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Gratifications and seeding behavior of online adolescents

Cédric Courtois (UGent) , Peter Mechant (UGent) , Lieven De Marez (UGent) and Gino Verleye (UGent)
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Several studies indicate that only a small minority of Web 2.0 users actively participates, while the minority do not contribute at all. This article investigates whether a similar division applies for adolescents' Internet behavior. Using Szuprowicz' (1995) typology of interactivity, we distinguish different types of user-generated content (UGC): media, narrative, and metadata UGC. Our results show a 20%–80% division between high- and low-frequency seeders. Furthermore, we utilize the uses-and-gratifications paradigm to investigate how these high- and low-frequency seeders differ in their overall gratifications obtained by WWW use. Although the gratifications' rank orders are identical for all groups, their magnitudes differ significantly. Finally, this article focuses on how these WWW gratifications can predict seeding, while controlling for socio-demographics and usage frequency.
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PREDICTORS, GENERATION, INFORMATION, WEB, DIGITAL DIVIDE, INTERNET USE, ADOPTION, MEDIA

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Courtois, Cédric, Peter Mechant, Lieven De Marez, and Gino Verleye. 2009. “Gratifications and Seeding Behavior of Online Adolescents.” Journal of Computer-mediated Communication 15 (1): 109–137.
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Courtois, C., Mechant, P., De Marez, L., & Verleye, G. (2009). Gratifications and seeding behavior of online adolescents. JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION, 15(1), 109–137.
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Courtois C, Mechant P, De Marez L, Verleye G. Gratifications and seeding behavior of online adolescents. JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION. 2009;15(1):109–37.
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Courtois, Cédric, Peter Mechant, Lieven De Marez, et al. “Gratifications and Seeding Behavior of Online Adolescents.” JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION 15.1 (2009): 109–137. Print.
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  abstract     = {Several studies indicate that only a small minority of Web 2.0 users actively participates, while the minority do not contribute at all. This article investigates whether a similar division applies for adolescents' Internet behavior. Using Szuprowicz' (1995) typology of interactivity, we distinguish different types of user-generated content (UGC): media, narrative, and metadata UGC. Our results show a 20\%--80\% division between high- and low-frequency seeders. Furthermore, we utilize the uses-and-gratifications paradigm to investigate how these high- and low-frequency seeders differ in their overall gratifications obtained by WWW use. Although the gratifications' rank orders are identical for all groups, their magnitudes differ significantly. Finally, this article focuses on how these WWW gratifications can predict seeding, while controlling for socio-demographics and usage frequency.},
  author       = {Courtois, C{\'e}dric and Mechant, Peter and De Marez, Lieven and Verleye, Gino},
  issn         = {1083-6101},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION},
  keyword      = {PREDICTORS,GENERATION,INFORMATION,WEB,DIGITAL DIVIDE,INTERNET USE,ADOPTION,MEDIA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {109--137},
  title        = {Gratifications and seeding behavior of online adolescents},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01496.x},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2009},
}

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