Distraction or Connection? An Investigation of Social Media Use at Work

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2018-01-03
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Wu, Manli
Yang, Chen
Wang, Chuang
Zhao, J. Leon
Wu, Sisi
Liang, Liang
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The use of social media in the workplace is controversial. In order to develop a good understanding of social media use at work, this study examines the effects of social media use from both positive and negative sides. Based on two-factor theory, this study proposes that social media use at work engenders distraction and perceived relatedness, which in turn influence job performance. This study further draws on resource matching theory to posit that the perceptual load of the job moderates the effects of social media use at work on distraction and perceived relatedness. A survey will be conducted to collect data and test the research hypotheses. In theoretical terms, this study is expected to contribute to information systems research by investigating both positive and negative outcomes of social media usage. In practical terms, this study sheds light on the usage and management of social media in the workplace.
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Decision Support for Smart Cities, Distraction Perceived relatedness Perceptual load Performance Social media use
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