Unraveling the Effects of Mobile Application Usage on Users’ Health Status : Insights from Conservation of Resources Theory

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2023-03
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en
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38
452-489
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Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Volume 24, issue 2
Abstract
Numerous studies have documented adverse consequences arising from increased technology usage and advocated for a reduction in such usage as a plausible remedy. However, such recommendations are often infeasible and oversimplistic given mounting evidence attesting to users’ growing reliance on technology in both their personal and professional lives. Building on conservation of resources (COR) theory, we construct a research model to explain how mobile application usage, as delineated by its breadth and depth, affects users’ nomophobia and sleep deprivation, which can have negative impacts on users’ health status. We also consider the moderating influence of physical activity in mitigating the effects of mobile application usage on users’ health. We validated our hypotheses via data collected by surveying 5,842 respondents. Empirical findings reveal that nomophobia is positively influenced by mobile application usage breadth but negatively influenced by mobile application usage depth, sleep deprivation is negatively influenced by mobile application usage breadth but positively influenced by mobile application usage depth, and sleep deprivation and nomophobia negatively impact users’ health status, whereas  physical activity attenuates the impact of mobile application usage on sleep deprivation but not nomophobia. The findings from this study not only enrich the extant literature on the health outcomes of mobile application usage by unveiling the impact of mobile application usage patterns and physical activity on users’ health but they also inform practitioners on how calibrating usage breadth and depth, along with encouraging physical activity, can promote healthy habits among users.
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Funding Information: We warmly acknowledge the support received from the National Social Science Fund of China (22CTQ018). Publisher Copyright: © 2023 by the Association for Information Systems.
Keywords
Conservation of Resources, Dark Side of Technology, Health Status, Mobile Application Usage, Nomophobia, Sleep Deprivation
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Fu , S , Cai , Z , Lim , E , Liu , Y , Tan , C W , Lin , Y & Deng , S 2023 , ' Unraveling the Effects of Mobile Application Usage on Users’ Health Status : Insights from Conservation of Resources Theory ' , Journal of the Association for Information Systems , vol. 24 , no. 2 , 5 , pp. 452-489 . https://doi.org/10.17705/1jais.00808