Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
Online social network dependency: theoretical development and testing of competing models
The proliferation of new social media technologies has changed the behavioral patterns of online users. This study aims at investigating the structure and dimensionality of the Online Social Network Dependency (OSN Dependency). We tested the competing models built upon the cognitivebehavioral model and the biopsychogical framework of addiction. Our findings suggested that OSN Dependency can be explained by a higher-order factor model with seven first-order factors (i.e. mood alternation, social benefit, negative outcomes, compulsivity, excessive time, withdrawal, and interpersonal control) and two correlated secondorder factors (i.e. social components and intrapersonal components). The model provides a good-fit to the data, reflecting logical consistency. Implications of the current investigation for practice and research are provided. © 2011 IEEE.
Source Publication Title
Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - 2011
Kauai, United States
Link to Publisher's Edition
Thadani, Dimple R., and Christy M. K. Cheung. "Online social network dependency: theoretical development and testing of competing models." Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - 2011 (2011): 1-9.