The Changing Demographics: The Diminishing Role of Age and Gender in Computer Usage

The Changing Demographics: The Diminishing Role of Age and Gender in Computer Usage

Michael B. Knight (Appalachian State University, USA) and J. Michael Pearson (Southern Illinois University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-926-7.ch009
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Abstract

As the changing demographics of the workplace influence how organizations operate, the need to reexamine relationships between these demographic variables and their effect on the organization continues. This study provides an empirical examination of the effect of two demographic variables, age and gender, and any moderating impact anxiety, enjoyment, and/or peer pressure may have on computer usage. Based on our analysis of 292 knowledge workers, we identified no significant difference between men and women and/or young and old regarding their computer usage in the workplace. Therefore, the findings from this study do not seem to support earlier research regarding age and gender, which indicated that these variables did impact computer usage. However, the moderating construct (anxiety) did appear to be significant in the employees’ computer usage.

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