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Compulsive Technology Use

Title: Compulsive Technology Use.
Name(s): Clements, Jeffrey A., author
Bush, Ashley, professor directing dissertation
Hofacker, Charles, university representative
Paradice, David, committee member
Armstrong, Deborah, committee member
Department of Management Information Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Information technology engages users in a variety of ways. No longer confined to information systems in organizational contexts, technology has become much more pervasive and personalized. As individuals are increasingly exposed to the types of triggers that prompt automatic technology engagement, technology use has moved beyond the bounds of intentionality. This leads to the development of technology-use behaviors that may become automatic or difficult to control. Individuals can begin to develop spontaneous-use behaviors and feel compelled to interact with the systems they use. This new type of system use is called compulsive technology use. Compulsive technology use is defined as spontaneous interaction with an information system or technology that is unintentional, uncontrollable, effortless, and efficient. Compulsive technology use is effortless and efficient in that it does not interfere with other cognitive processes. Compulsive technology use is unintentional in the sense that no act of will is required to initiate it. Compulsive technology use is uncontrollable in that a person has difficulty controlling the process once it has been initiated. But little is known about what drives compulsive technology use. This dissertation explores the phenomenon of compulsive technology use in the context of mobile applications. The roles of technology habit and perceptions of sunk costs in the development of compulsive technology use will be addressed. In addition, identifying the technological drivers of technology habit will contribute to the understanding of how the characteristics and features of technology influence compulsive technology use.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8759 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Management in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 4, 2014.
Keywords: Automatic, Compulsive, Habit, Mobile Apps, Sunk Costs, Triggers
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Ashley Bush, Professor Directing Dissertation; Charles Hofacker, University Representative; David Paradice, Committee Member; Deborah Armstrong, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Management information systems
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Host Institution: FSU

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