Why Do I Keep Checking My Facebook? The Role of Urge in the Excessive Use of Social Networking Sites

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

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Abstract

With the advance of information technologies and widespread deployment of data services, users can access social networking sites (SNSs) almost anytime and anywhere, resulting in an incessant urge to check SNSs. Till now, little is known about the precursors of urge and its role in the development of SNS excessive use. Therefore, we proposed and tested a research model that examines the role of urge in checking SNSs. Empirical evidence from a survey of 205 respondents showed that instant gratification and withdrawal are important factors of the urge to check SNSs, the urge to check SNSs was found to have a significant impact on the excessive use. We concluded with implications to research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Tung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages314-323
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973675
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015
Event48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 - Kauai, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20158 Jan 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2015-March
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKauai
Period5/01/158/01/15

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Engineering(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Excessive use
  • Facebook
  • Social networking sites
  • Urge to check

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