Communicating something confidential while travelling by train: the use of a telephone conversation versus silent modes

Taede Tillema*, Tim Schwanen, Martin Dijst

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Wireless ICTs are often used in public transport. Using survey data collected amongst 98 train travellers this article aims to gain insight into important factors that affect train travellers' intentions to communicate with distant others while travelling. More specifically, the focus is on the decision-making process that leads to the intention to choose for a confidential conversation either via 'audible' mobile phone or via 'silent' SMS/e-mail. An approach that is related to the Extended Model of Goal-directed Behaviour (EMGB) is applied. Structural equation modelling results indicate that in particular past SMS behaviour, the desire to communicate (goal desire), the perceived efficacy and controllability influence the intention to conduct a confidential phone conversation in the train. The influence of the social environment (e.g. eavesdropping) seems to be less important. Several EMGB constructs are strongly influenced by age. It seems that older respondents have more negative attitudes towards telephoning while travelling by train, and find it more difficult to call other people in such a situation. Finally, they have a lower intention than younger respondents to conduct a confidential conversation over the phone while travelling.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)541-564
Aantal pagina's24
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - sep.-2009

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