The urge to check social networking sites: Antecedents and consequences

Tommy K.H. Chan, Christy M K Cheung, Zach W.Y. Lee, Tillmann Neben

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    Social networking sites (SNSs), combined with the rapid growth trajectory of mobile devices, and widespread deployment of mobile data services, have evolved as a primary platform for daily social interaction. While the majority of users enjoy frequent interactions with their friends and family members, some users suffer from incessant urges to check up on the lives of others on their social networks. In the last decade, the use of SNSs has received much attention in the IS literature. Not until recently, researchers have begun to examine the dark side of using SNSs. In this study, we attempt to advance existing literature by exploring the role of urges in the context of SNSs. Particularly, we propose a research model that examines the antecedents and consequences of the urge to check SNSs. We will test the model with SNS users using structural equation modeling. We believe that current work will enrich the existing literature on the dark side of SNS use, and raise the awareness in the community regarding this emerging phenomenon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPACIS 2014 Proceedings
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9789888353224
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2014
    Event18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014 - Chengdu, China
    Duration: 24 Jun 201428 Jun 2014

    Publication series

    NamePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems


    Conference18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014
    Internet address

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Information Systems

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Addiction
    • Excessive use
    • Facebook
    • Social networking sites (SNSs)
    • Urge to check


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