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Understanding motivation in internet gaming among Singaporean youth: The role of passion
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Wang, C. K. J., Liu, W. C., Chye, S., & Chatzisarantis, N. L. (2011). Understanding motivation in internet gaming among Singaporean youth: The role of passion. Computers in Human Behavior, 27(3), 1179-1184.
This study examined the motivation of young people in internet gaming using the dualistic model of passion. Path analysis was used to examine the relationships between the two types of passion: obsessive and harmonious passion, behavioral regulations, and flow. One thousand and seventy-four male secondary school students from six schools in Singapore took part in the study. The participants completed a questionnaire designed to measure harmonious passion, obsessive passion, behavioral regulations, and disposition flow. The results of the path analysis showed that external, introjected, and identified regulations positively predicted obsessive passion, while harmonious passion was predicted by identified and intrinsic regulations. Flow in digital gaming was predicted directly by harmonious passion, as well as indirectly through intrinsic regulation. This study supports the proposed dualistic model of passion in explaining young people’s motivation in internet gaming.
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