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Technology Addictions and Technostress: An Examination of the U.S. and China

Technology Addictions and Technostress: An Examination of the U.S. and China
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Author(s): Stoney Brooks (Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, USA), Xuequn Wang (Murdoch University, Perth, Australia) and Christoph Schneider (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Pages: 19
Source title: Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sang-Bing Tsai (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Zhongshan Institute, China and Research Center for Environment and Sustainable Development, Civil Aviation University of China, China)
DOI: 10.4018/JOEUC.2020040101


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In today's technology-centric world, people are becoming increasingly dependent on the Internet. The most common use of the Internet is through social media, which is used to communicate, share, collaborate, and connect. However, continued usage of a hedonic system can be linked with compulsion or addiction. Since problematic usage/behaviors can lead to negative outcomes, this study aims to determine differential effects of Internet and social media addictions on social media-related technostress. This is examined in two different cultures: The U.S. and China. The results support the association between the Internet and social media addictions with increases in social media-related technostress. Additionally, these effects are moderated by culture. Implications for research and practice are discussed along with future directions for this stream.

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