Coping with envy on professional social networking sites

Michal Chmielinski, Christy M K Cheung, Helena Wenninger

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With the growing popularity of professional social networking sites (PSNS), many users rely on PSNS, such as LinkedIn, to develop and maintain professional relationships with other individuals and companies. Most users create dedicated personal profiles and share their achievements and professional experiences on PSNS. With the frequent exposure to social information on PSNS, we expect that users who use LinkedIn may experience envy. Surprisingly, there is very little understanding of how PSNS use induces the feeling of envy and how users cope with it. Building on prior envy literature, we propose a research model to explain this phenomenon. We will test our model with data from 500 LinkedIn users. We expect that the findings of this study will contribute to our theoretical understanding of PSNS envy coping mechanisms and offer users some guidance to deal with PSNS envy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2020 Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781733632539
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2020
Event24th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2020: Information Systems (IS) for the Future - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 20 Jun 202024 Jun 2020

Publication series

NamePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems


Conference24th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
Internet address

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Information Systems

User-Defined Keywords

  • Coping Strategies
  • Envy
  • LinkedIn
  • Social Information
  • Social Media
  • Social Networking Sites
  • Technology Use
  • Well-Being


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