The technology profile inventory: Construction, validation, and application

Ian Spence, Colin G. DeYoung, Jing Feng

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The technology profile inventory (TPI) measures attitudes toward computers and the internet. We describe the most recent phase of the construction of the TPI. The studies reported refine and validate the instrument, and we present the final version as an Appendix A. Using a new sample of respondents (N = 394), we replicated the three major factors found previously (Confidence, Approval, and Interest). The TPI scores were related to patterns of information technology (IT) usage and also to gender. To demonstrate the practical utility of the TPI we report (1) results linking TPI scores to behavior during an internet search task; (2) test-retest results obtained as part of a cognitive training experiment using action video games; and (3) results showing that attitudes to IT may be modified by a particular experience with information technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-465
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Bell Canada through its Bell University Laboratories (BUL) R&D program and by Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO). We thank Tom Tsai for his help with the execution of this study.

Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Action video games
  • Attitudes
  • Gender
  • HCI
  • Human-computer interaction
  • IT
  • Information technology

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