Higgins, Wolfe and Marcum (2008)
|Higgins, Wolfe and Marcum (2008)|
|Title:||Digital piracy: An Examination of Three Measurements of Self-Control|
|Author(s):||Higgins, G. E., Wolfe, S. E., Marcum, C. D.|
|Citation:||Higgins, G. E., Wolfe, S. E. and Marcum, C. D. 2008. Digital piracy: An Examination of Three Measurements of Self-Control. Deviant Behavior, 29, 440-460.|
|Link(s):||Definitive , Open Access|
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|Linked by:||Hunt, Williams, Nicholas and Rowlands (2009)|
|About the Data|
|Data Description:||358 undergraduate students.|
|Data Type:||Primary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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Research has shown a link between digital piracy and self-control. However, the research focuses on only one version of self-control theory. The purpose of the present study is to examine the link between self-control and digital piracy. Using data from 358 college students, this study shows that all 3 measures of self-control help us understand the link between selfcontrol and digital piracy. The results indicate that illuminating the factors that could be inhibitions and developing strong social bonds can reduce the likelihood of digital piracy.
Main Results of the Study
- Indicate that an individual is likely to perform digital piracy because of who they are as indicated by the characteristics of low self-control.
- Indicates that the personality characteristics have a link with digital piracy, but it gives the impression that low self-control is a positive force that will motivate individuals to perform digital piracy.
- The social bonding measure has a negative link with the likelihood to performing digital piracy.
- As the individual sees more of their inhibitions then they are less likely to perform digital piracy.
- When examined together, all of the measures of self-control have a connection with the likelihood to perform digital piracy.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
- Policymakers should consider developing stronger inhibitions toward digital piracy.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||University students|
|Period of material under study:||2006|