Journal article

The benefits and dangers of enjoyment with social networking websites

Ofir Turel, Alexander Serenko

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

Information Systems enjoyment has been identified as a desirable phenomenon, because it can drive various aspects of system use. In this study, we argue that it can also be a key ingredient in the formation of adverse outcomes, such as technology-related addictions, through the positive reinforcement it generates. We rely on several theoretical mechanisms and, consistent with previous studies, suggest that enjoyment can lead to presumably positive outcomes, such as high engagement. Nevertheless, it can also facilitate the development of a strong habit and reinforce it until it becomes a bad habit, that can help forming a strong pathological and maladaptive psychological dependency on the use..

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