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Who Needs Cyberspace? Examining Drivers of Needs in Second Life

Barnes, Stuart J., Pressey, Andrew D. (2011) Who Needs Cyberspace? Examining Drivers of Needs in Second Life. Internet Research, 21 (3). pp. 236-254. ISSN 1066-2243. (doi:10.1108/10662241111139291) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Purpose – Human needs and motivation are a central tenet of marketing discourse. In this exploratory study we attempt to understand the factors that drive individuals' higher-order human needs in a relatively new electronic marketing context, that of virtual worlds. Design/methodology/approach – The study employs the higher-order needs from Abraham Maslow's hierarchy (i.e. belonging, esteem and self-actualization) and a series of drivers related to the characteristics of the virtual world medium, personality characteristics, channel interaction, and demographic criteria. Data is collected via a survey delivered in Second Life (n=404) and analyzed using PLS path modeling. Findings – Arousal, pleasure, and individualism act as particularly potent drivers of higher-order needs in virtual world channels, while channel intensity, affinity for technology and gender act as lesser drivers. Practical implications – An understanding of personal motivations affords us an insight into consumers' needs and wants and is a useful precursor to targeting them and in effectively fulfilling these needs. This has implications not only in a single channel but across multiple channels. Originality/value – This study represents one of the first attempts to better understand consumer behavior in virtual world channels, and, by so doing, better inform our understanding of personal needs in the modern multi-channel environment.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/10662241111139291
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 09:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34729 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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