PACIS 2021 Proceedings

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Compulsive smartphone use is an important emerging topic. The very same attributes making smartphone use useful and enjoyable are the ones leading to compulsive use with many serious aversive consequences. Despite its proven explanatory power, only a few studies have used IT mindfulness to explain compulsive smartphone behaviors. To fill this research gap, we plan to conduct the first longitudinal study examining the impact of IT mindfulness on compulsive smartphone use. Using a longitudinal, web-based, mixed design experiment utilizing mindfulness training to manipulate individual IT mindfulness levels of study participants, we will be able to derive causal relationships between IT mindfulness and compulsive smartphone use. Using cognitive dissonance theory, we will further explain the cognitive processes resulting from the interplay of mindfulness and compulsive smartphone use, leading to reduced compulsive smartphone use.



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