Science Journal of Psychology

April 2013, Volume 2013, ISSN:2276-6278

Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Exploring User Attitudes towards Internet Use: The Role of Gender and Age Difference

1Dr. Ndawula Stephen, 2Dr. Ayikoru Joyce Asiimwe

Lecturer, Educational Technology Kyambogo University
Senior Lecturer, Sociology of Education Kyambogo University

Accepted 27 February, 2013; Available Online 4 April, 2013

doi: 10.7237/sjpsych/248


This study was conducted in Kyambogo University (KYU), Uganda to assess the impact of gender and age difference on students' attitudes towards use of internet. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select 350 students were randomly selected to constitute the sample. Data was collected using a questionnaire, and analyzed descriptively using SPSS for frequencies, means, standard deviation and cross tabulation. The results indicated that there were no significant relationships between gender and age difference of undergraduate students' attitudes towards the academic use of Internet. It was recommended, that; free Internet access be provided to students at the university, students taking ICT classes be helped to purchase personal computers at subsidized prices, KYU encouraged to devise more strategies of maintaining gender balance into the students' curricula.

Keyword: Attitudes, Internet Use, Gender, Age Difference