A cross-cultural validation of the web usage-related lifestyle scale: An empirical investigation in china

Qiang Ye, Guoxin Li, Bin Gu

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Abstract

This research discusses a cross-cultural validation in China of the Internet user lifestyle scale developed by Smith and Swinyard (2001). The scale was initially validated for United States online users in 2001 and later for European Union online users in 2005. Our analysis reveals that the lifestyle scale remains valid for online users in China. However, we find that the segmentation of online users in China based on the lifestyle scale differs markedly from what was found earlier in the United States and European Union countries. We profile two new online shopping segments and one new online non-shopping segment. The result provides a refined understanding of the similarities and differences in online shopper lifestyles across the different cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-312
Number of pages9
JournalElectronic Commerce Research and Applications
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

Keywords

  • China
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Electronic shopping
  • Empirical research
  • Instrument validity
  • Internet user segmentation
  • Online lifestyles
  • User lifestyle scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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