Cultural dimensions of Malaysian teenagers and their relationship with interface design

Zurida Ishak, Azizah Jaafar

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This study aimed to identify the relationship between cultural dimensions of adolescents in Malaysia and their tendencies with interface design of computer applications. Numerous studies have used Hofstede’s cultural dimensions to design user interfaces and tested their application in many countries. However, test results in Asian countries such as China and Taiwan are not significant because the cultural dimensions are unsuitable for these countries. Therefore, this study will use the cultural dimensions of Malaysian society to test the relationship with interface components tendency. Respondents of different races and religions, with different family incomes, and from urban and rural areas are selected from six secondary schools. Pearson correlation analysis with a significance level of 0.05 is used to determine the relationship between cultural dimensions, namely, harmony, relationship, hierarchy, collectivism, shame, polychronic time, high-context communication, and religion, and the use of interface components, namely, metaphor, mental model and navigation, interaction, and appearance. Result shows that four cultural dimensions have a significantly positive relationship with the interface components (hierarchy, religion, polychronic time, and collectivism) with an r value of more than 0.1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
Volume90
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016

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Interface Design
Computer applications
User interfaces
Interfaces (computer)
Navigation
Communication
User Interface Design
Mental Models
Computer Applications
Pearson Correlation
Malaysia
Significance level
Correlation Analysis
Taiwan
Relationships
China
Interaction
Religion

Keywords

  • Cultural interface design
  • Culture dimensions
  • Culture interface preferences
  • Interface components
  • Interface design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Cultural dimensions of Malaysian teenagers and their relationship with interface design. / Ishak, Zurida; Jaafar, Azizah.

In: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, Vol. 90, No. 2, 31.08.2016, p. 220-227.

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