TITLE

THE IMPACT OF COMPUTER VARIABLES ON THE VIEWING AND SENDING OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET: TESTING COOPER'S "TRIPLE-A ENGINE"

AUTHOR(S)
Byers, Lisa J.; Menzies, Ken S.; O'Grady, William L.
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2004, Vol. 13 Issue 3/4, p157
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Cooper and colleagues have proposed that the "Triple-A Engine" of access, affordability and anonymity intensifies and accelerates online sexual activity (OSA) and is generating the next sexual revolution. If the Internet is causing a sexual revolution, then variations in technological variables such as control of Internet access and Internet skill level should explain a substantial portion of the variance in people's OSA. We test this claim with an online survey of students at an English Canadian university for one type of sexual activity: viewing and sending sexually explicit material on the Internet (SEMI). We test seven hypotheses about the impact of technological and non-technological variables on SEMI using bivariate and multivariate techniques. We conclude that only the technological variable of time online per week impacts SEMI. Overall, our study suggests that the "Triple-A Engine" is not producing sexual change and thus is not powering a sexual revolution.
ACCESSION #
16845696

 

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