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Unveiling the dark side in smartphone addiction: mediation of strain and moderation of hedonic use on well-being

Unveiling the dark side in smartphone addiction: mediation of strain and moderation of hedonic... The research purpose is to investigate the mediating and moderating relationships between smartphone addiction and well-being (i.e. health-related quality of life).Design/methodology/approachA survey of 236 smartphone users was used to test the research model.FindingsThe structural equation modeling analysis results show that smartphone addiction negatively impacts well-being by draining a key personal resource, energy, thus creating strain. The adverse effect of smartphone addiction on users' well-being is found to be more intense when smartphones are used for hedonic purposes.Research limitations/implicationsThrough the conservation of resources theory lens, this study increases our understanding of the role of strain in mediating the negative effect of smartphone addiction on well-being. This study also has practical implications. By exploring the mediating and moderating mechanisms underlying when and how smartphone addiction can be detrimental to well-being, interventions can be carried out to mitigate the adverse effects on well-being.Originality/valuePast research has focused on the antecedents and consequences of smartphone addiction while ignoring the contextual factors of smartphone addiction effects as well as the intervening mechanism through which smartphone addiction impacts well-being. Through the lens of the conservation of resources theory, we close this gap in the literature by providing a better understanding of the mechanism by which smartphone addiction reduces well-being and identifying a relevant contextual factor (i.e. hedonic use) that can worsen the impact of smartphone addiction on well-being. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Internet Research Emerald Publishing

Unveiling the dark side in smartphone addiction: mediation of strain and moderation of hedonic use on well-being

Internet Research , Volume 33 (1): 27 – Mar 28, 2023

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1066-2243
DOI
10.1108/intr-01-2021-0003
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Abstract

The research purpose is to investigate the mediating and moderating relationships between smartphone addiction and well-being (i.e. health-related quality of life).Design/methodology/approachA survey of 236 smartphone users was used to test the research model.FindingsThe structural equation modeling analysis results show that smartphone addiction negatively impacts well-being by draining a key personal resource, energy, thus creating strain. The adverse effect of smartphone addiction on users' well-being is found to be more intense when smartphones are used for hedonic purposes.Research limitations/implicationsThrough the conservation of resources theory lens, this study increases our understanding of the role of strain in mediating the negative effect of smartphone addiction on well-being. This study also has practical implications. By exploring the mediating and moderating mechanisms underlying when and how smartphone addiction can be detrimental to well-being, interventions can be carried out to mitigate the adverse effects on well-being.Originality/valuePast research has focused on the antecedents and consequences of smartphone addiction while ignoring the contextual factors of smartphone addiction effects as well as the intervening mechanism through which smartphone addiction impacts well-being. Through the lens of the conservation of resources theory, we close this gap in the literature by providing a better understanding of the mechanism by which smartphone addiction reduces well-being and identifying a relevant contextual factor (i.e. hedonic use) that can worsen the impact of smartphone addiction on well-being.

Journal

Internet ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 28, 2023

Keywords: Smartphone addiction; Well-being; Health-related quality of life; Strain; Hedonic use; Conservation of resources theory; Moment app

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