Expanding hypertext: Does it address disorientation? Depends on individuals' adventurousness

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This article investigates how individuals' adventurousness (a personality characteristic) influences their experience with different types of computer text formats and whether expanding hypertext, a new hybrid hypertext format, addresses the most frequently cited hypertext problem, disorientation. Two hundred and one college students participated in an experimental study which evaluated three variations of computer text formats. Specifically, the study investigated how individuals with different levels of adventurousness exhibited different preferences for, and disorientation with, different computer text formats. Participant adventurousness was found to interact with text format on participant feelings of disorientation. The participants prefered the paged hypertext and the expanding hypertext over the scrolling text format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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