The Attitudes of Young Adults Toward Internet Related Crime and Abuse

Kevin Shun-Yang Wang, Florida State University

The Internet is still growing at a rapid pace. Alongside this vast international and anonymous communications system, the incidence of computer and network crime is rising continuously. Somewhat surprisingly, people's attitudes toward Internet crime have been under-researched and discussed. The present study will attempt to fill in that gap by collecting and analyzing data on college students' attitudes toward Internet crime and ethical abuses. The present paper is going to analyze young adults' attitudes toward Internet-related abuse and crime by controlling for their academic major, demographic factors, and familiarity of the Internet. The result of this study might give a framework for further research in perception of seriousness of computer crime and related issues. Additionally, the direction of further research and theoretical explanation will be discussed.

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Updated 05/20/2006