The Role of Religiosity in Technology Acceptance: The Case of Privacy in Saudi Arabia

The Role of Religiosity in Technology Acceptance: The Case of Privacy in Saudi Arabia

Rami Mohammed Baazeem (Jeddah University, Saudi Arabia)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4053-3.ch010

Abstract

Religion plays a major role in shaping individual behaviour, especially in the religious countries. This chapter sheds light on the effect of religiosity on the intention to use technology and privacy and will use Saudi Arabia as an example. Using the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) will help explain the intention to use technology. Thus, it clarifies that the intention to use technology is affected by the user behaviour. The user's behaviour is shaped by their religious beliefs which also affect their privacy views. A systematic review of the privacy literature shows that there is a lack of study on the effect of the religious beliefs on privacy. After reading this chapter, policy makers and managers will understand that religious belief should be considered when making new laws and regulations.
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Religion

Religion is a major influence on human life. It plays a major role in the formation of behaviours and attitudes (Essoo & Dibb, 2010). Berger (1961) shows that religion is a causal part of social behaviour. Meanwhile, several researchers have argued that individual behaviours and attitudes are justified by their religious beliefs (Foxall, Goldsmith & Brown, 1998). Delener (1994) argued that religion comprises beliefs and values, performing the role which people follow or use as a guide to their behaviour.

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