The findings are taken from the first author's masters thesis. We wish to acknowledge the assistance of Donna Shires, Maria Lopez, and Melissa Taran.
Technology in Everyday Life and Perceptions of Competence1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 23, Issue 22, pages 1892–1902, November 1993
How to Cite
Stern, S. E. and Kipnis, D. (1993), Technology in Everyday Life and Perceptions of Competence. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23: 1892–1902. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1993.tb01071.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Studies of technology in the workplace generally report that the use of de-skilling technology results in dissatisfied and alienated employees. To determine whether this relation existed in nonworkplace settings, a series of surveys were conducted to assess the relation between the kind of technologies people use and feelings of competence. In three separate surveys of cooking, photography, and driving cars, a positive relation was found between the skill requirements of the technology that people use and their assessment of their ability and level of enjoyment in these activities.