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Loneliness, life satisfaction, problematic internet use and security behaviours: re-examining the relationships when working from home during COVID-19.

Deutrom, J., Katos, V. and Ali, R., 2021. Loneliness, life satisfaction, problematic internet use and security behaviours: re-examining the relationships when working from home during COVID-19. Behaviour and Information Technology. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2021.1973107

Abstract

Working remotely from home within lockdown conditions can have implications on wellbeing and how people perceive and interact with technology to coordinate, communicate and collaborate with others. Previous research has shown relationships amongst life satisfaction, loneliness and problematic internet use and, also, between the latter and cyber security behaviours. We re-examine these relationships during the UK COVID-19 lockdown through an online survey completed by 299 participants working from home. The survey included demographics and work conditions questions and also the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), UCLA-3 Loneliness Scale, Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire-Short Form-6 (PIUQ-SF-6), and Security Behavior Intentions Scale (SeBIS). Structural equation modelling revealed that most notably, loneliness positively predicted problematic internet use, life satisfaction negatively predicted problematic internet use and that problematic internet use negatively predicted cyber security behaviours Implications includes educational and therapeutic interventions which could be applied by employers/governing bodies to target those at risk of loneliness and problematic internet use with the hope of mitigating these experiences and improving cyber security behaviours. The current findings may be especially relevant should waves of COVID-19 or similar crisis are experienced, and when working from home becomes a norm for some organisations and jobs.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0144-929X
Uncontrolled Keywords:WFH: Working from home; CSB: cyber security behaviours; PIU: problematic internet use
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36029
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:20 Sep 2021 13:54
Last Modified:20 Sep 2021 13:54

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