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Ad blocking – the use of browser extensions such as Adblock (Plus) or Ublock – is becoming mainstream, particularly amongst young web users. This automated form of advertising avoidance has attracted significant attention due to the loss of advertising revenues. Insights in this type of ad avoidance behavior are indispensable. By applying the theory of planned behavior (TPB), the first aim of this study is to determine the predictive value of personal attitudes, subjective norm (SN) and perceived behavioral control (PBC) in explaining behavioral intention. The second aim is to reveal the relative importance of the beliefs underpinning these three TPB components. An online survey involving 400 person’s aged between 16 and 30 years was conducted. Analysis reveals that attitude is the most important predictor to explain differences in intention to use ad blockers, followed by a person’s perceived behavior control towards ad blocking. Within attitude, the most important beliefs affecting one’s intention to use an ad blocker are less privacy concerns, less disruption and less data usage and costs.
Een steekproef bij 400 Vlaamse jongere personen van 16 tot 30 jaar toont aan dat de attitude tegenover ad blockers de meest belangrijke voorspeller vormt om verschillen te verklaren in de intentie om ad blockers te gebruiken. Minder bezorgdheden omtrent privacy, minder storing en minder data en kosten vormen de meest belangrijke gedragsopvattingen.
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ad blocker, ad avoidance, online advertising, online behavior, privacy

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Joris, Glen, Karolien Poels, Peter Mechant, Sara Pabian, and Lieven De Marez. 2018. “‘Meet the Blockers’.” Tijdschrift Voor Communicatiewetenschap 46 (4).
APA
Joris, G., Poels, K., Mechant, P., Pabian, S., & De Marez, L. (2018). “Meet the blockers.” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP, 46(4).
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Joris G, Poels K, Mechant P, Pabian S, De Marez L. “Meet the blockers.”TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP. 2018;46(4).
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Joris, Glen, Karolien Poels, Peter Mechant, et al. “‘Meet the Blockers’.” TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP 46.4 (2018): n. pag. Print.
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  author       = {Joris, Glen and Poels, Karolien and Mechant, Peter and Pabian, Sara and De Marez, Lieven},
  issn         = {1384-6930 },
  journal      = {TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR COMMUNICATIEWETENSCHAP},
  keyword      = {ad blocker,ad avoidance,online advertising,online behavior,privacy},
  language     = {dut},
  number       = {4},
  title        = {{\textquoteleft}Meet the blockers{\textquoteright}},
  url          = {https://www.tijdschriftvoorcommunicatiewetenschap.nl/inhoud/tijdschrift\_artikel/CW-46-4-5/Meet-the-blockers},
  volume       = {46},
  year         = {2018},
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