This research-in-progress paper gives a brief overview of the technology addiction literature, as well as an introduction to the capital enhancing activity construct from the sociology literature. Previous information systems literature has shown a variety of information technology (IT) artifacts that possibly lead to technology addiction. Hence, this research attempts to demonstrate that today’s ubiquitous technology allows actors to navigate a multitude of artifacts and that addiction stems from many artifacts. Furthermore, the notion of capital enhancing activity is presented to understand how actors use of technology, which they believe is essential to their social status, can, in fact, become problematic. A research model is offered, along with propositions and a proposed study, to determine how certain types of capital enhancing activities can explain variances in problematic technology use.
Phillips, Brandis, "Problematic technology use: The impact of capital enhancing activity" (2015). SAIS 2015 Proceedings. 4.