Is media multitasking good for cybersecurity? Exploring the relationship between media multitasking and everyday cognitive failures on self-reported risky cybersecurity behaviors

Hadlington, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9095-0517 and Murphy, K., 2018. Is media multitasking good for cybersecurity? Exploring the relationship between media multitasking and everyday cognitive failures on self-reported risky cybersecurity behaviors. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21 (3), pp. 168-172. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

The current study focused on how engaging in media multitasking (MMT) and the experience of everyday cognitive failures impact on the individual's engagement in risky cybersecurity behaviors (RCsB). In total, 144 participants (32 males, 112 females) completed an online survey. The age range for participants was 18 to 43 years (M = 20.63, SD = 4.04). Participants completed three scales which included an inventory of weekly MMT, a measure of everyday cognitive failures, and RCsB. There was a significant difference between heavy media multitaskers (HMM), average media multitaskers (AMM), and light media multitaskers (LMM) in terms of RCsB, with HMM demonstrating more frequent risky behaviors than LMM or AMM. The HMM group also reported more cognitive failures in everyday life than the LMM group. A regression analysis showed that everyday cognitive failures and MMT acted as significant predictors for RCsB. These results expand our current understanding of the relationship between human factors and cybersecurity behaviors, which are useful to inform the design of training and intervention packages to mitigate RCsB.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Hadlington, L. and Murphy, K.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 2018
Volume: 21
Number: 3
ISSN: 2152-2715
Identifiers:
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10.1089/cyber.2017.0524DOI
Rights: © Lee Hadlington and Karen Murphy 2018; Published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. This Open Access article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 Sep 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 13:53
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37561

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