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Attitudes Towards Computers

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Montvale, N.J.
  • TIME Magazine, New York
Publication Date
  • Research, New York (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Information technology
  • Abstract

    Attitude to use of computers and perceived effects of use of computers on the American economy as well as on the individual. Topics: Judgement on occupational and private experiences with computers; intensity of contacts with computers; image of occupations in the computer area and image of the computer (scales); assessment of the importance of computers in various areas; expected innovations from use of computers; attitude to an extensive use of computers by government and management; attitude to storage of personal data in databases; problems of data protection and increasing surveillance of the individual. Demography: age (classified); sex; school education; occupation; income; political orientation; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1971-07 / 1971-08
Geographic Coverage
  • United States (US)
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1001
    Number of Variables: 130
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0652 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 95 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Montvale, N.J.; TIME Magazine, New York (1974): Attitudes Towards Computers. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.