DANGEROUS HABIT OR USEFUL ROUTINE? DEVELOPING THEORY-BASED MEASURES FOR THE INTENDED AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF STATE-TRACKING HABITS
According to the theory of IT-mediated state-tracking, the intended and unintended consequences of constantly checking digital devices can be judged by the resulting problem of attention and by whether the checking led to information that served the individual’s enduring goal. While this perspective offers numerous benefits over the common practice of labeling excessive information technology use as addiction, as of yet, the concepts of problem of attention (PoA) and service to enduring goal (SEG) lack empirical measures. Thus, this paper develops measurement scales for the constructs PoA and SEG following an established construct development methodology. We evaluate the measures’ validity and reliability and demonstrate that PoA and SEG differ from existing similar concepts. With the help of our newly developed constructs the quality of constant checking habits can be assessed which enables future studies to scrutinize the theorized preventive role of self-control in the context of smartphone habits.
Eichner, Arvid Alexander; Lingnau, Nicholas Valentin; Felka, Patrick; Kohn, Vanessa; Holten, Roland; and Hinz, Oliver, "DANGEROUS HABIT OR USEFUL ROUTINE? DEVELOPING THEORY-BASED MEASURES FOR THE INTENDED AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF STATE-TRACKING HABITS" (2023). ECIS 2023 Research Papers. 391.