Explaining cyberloafing: The role of the theory of planned behavior

Kevin Askew, John E. Buckner, Meng U. Taing, Alex Ilie, Jeremy A. Bauer, Michael D. Coovert

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The Internet enables employees to be more productive than ever before, but it also allows employees a new way to escape from work - cyberloafing. In our investigation, we test the validity of the Theory of Planned Behavior as a model of cyberloafing. In Study 1, the goal is to provide an initial test of the theory. In Study 2, we cross-validate the results from Study 1 in a sample that approaches representing the general working population. Results unanimously support the main TPB model, the model accounting for 32% and 37% of the variance in cyberloafing in Studies 1 and 2, respectively. The discussion addresses both the theoretical impact and practical implications of our work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-519
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Cyberdeviancy
  • Cyberloafing
  • Cyberslacking
  • Personal web usage
  • Theory of planned behavior


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