The Internet has modified the distribution of information. The Internet has been viewed as a revolutionary advance in technology with a greater impact on information exchange than both the telephone and television combined. Accompanying this change in information exchange comes a variety of individual interpretations regarding what this new technology means. As an emerging human occupation, Internet usage warrants further study and investigation. This phenomenological study sought to identify personal meaning of Internet usage for seven adult participants.
Common themes emerged from an analysis of the participants' responses. Fidler's Lifestyle Performance Model was used as a framework in the analysis of themes. From this, strategies and interventions may be developed from the theme analysis performed by the researchers. The Internet may serve as a valuable tool not only for information distribution, but also for future occupational therapy intervention.
Year: Weekend, Fall 1996