The uses and gratifications of the Internet among Arab students in Egypt

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)



First Committee Member

Gonzalo Soruco, Committee Chair


Internet use by Arab students in Egypt was examined from a uses and gratifications perspective. An online survey was administered to 502 students at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Principal components factor analysis resulted in five motives for using the Internet among respondents. Those were: information seeking, surveillance, entertainment, personal utility, and social interaction. Several variables were investigated in relation to the five motives, including gender, year in school, type of Internet connection, level of Internet operational skills, Internet exposure, Internet affinity, and Internet satisfaction.Gender was found to be a significant factor, as males were more likely to use the Internet for social interaction, and females were more likely to use it for information. Freshmen were more likely to use the Internet for personal utility than seniors and graduate students. Internet affinity was significantly correlated with all Internet use motives. There was also a significant positive correlation between Internet satisfaction and Internet use motives of entertainment, surveillance, and information. Internet exposure was positively correlated to personal utility, social interaction, and entertainment. Exposure and satisfaction were significantly related to affinity, but not to each other. Regression analysis models were utilized to predict Internet use.


Mass Communications

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