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Title: Multiple determinants of life quality: The roles of Internet activities, use of new media, social support, and leisure activities
Authors: Prof. LEUNG Wing Chi, Louis 
Lee, Paul S. N. 
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Telematics and Informatics, Aug. 2005, vol. 22(3), pp. 161-180.
Journal: Telematics and Informatics 
Abstract: The quest for quality of life (QoL) is a growing concern for individuals and communities seeking to find sustainable life satisfaction in a technologically changing world. Industry, consumer groups, academics, and policy makers have sought to better understand how the Internet contributes to or detracts from society. This study examined the effects of Internet activities, new media use, social support, and leisure activities on perceived quality of life. Correlational results showed that Internet activities, such as using the Internet for sociability, fun seeking and information seeking, and new media use, correlate positively with various dimensions of social support. However, use of the Internet, especially for sociability, and computer use were inversely linked to QoL. Furthermore, hierarchical regression analysis revealed that affectionate, positive social interaction, and emotional and informational social support, received from either online or offline sources, are the strongest determinants of quality of life. More important, QoL can also be enhanced if suitable amounts of time are spent on media-related activities, namely, less time on using the Internet for intimate self-disclosure and in playing computer games, and more time on listening to music on CD/MD/MP3. Finally, participating in community or religious activities for leisure was also a significant predictor of QoL. Implications regarding policy formulation to improve life quality are discussed.
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 0736-5853
DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2004.04.003
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