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The Psychological Motivations of Online Conspicuous Consumption: A Qualitative Study

The Psychological Motivations of Online Conspicuous Consumption: A Qualitative Study
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Author(s): Jude Qattan (Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan) and Mohammad Al Khasawneh (Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
Pages: 16
Source title: International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Jeffrey Hsu (Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJEBR.2020040101

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Abstract

Conspicuous consumption is a behavior that is becoming prevalent in today's world. Although limited attention has been given to conspicuous consumption in a digital world, it is a behavior that everyone practices, in different degrees. This article sets out to reveal and examine the underlying psychological motivations of online conspicuous consumption. Semi-structured interviews are adopted as a qualitative technique. The interviews were conducted with fifteen Jordanian residents who have access to the internet and social media. The findings reveal that the four proposed psychological motivations (envy, materialism, narcissism, and social comparison) are of significant influence on users' online conspicuous consumption. This study introduces a comprehensive model of online conspicuous consumption that was not addressed earlier in the literature and provides a viable foundation for future research in this context. Furthermore, the results will help marketing managers to better understand and manage their strategies in reference to users' psychological motivations when posting online.

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