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Eye-tracking study of public acceptance of 5G base stations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Hanliang Fu (School of Management, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology,Xi'an, China) (Laboratory of Neuromanagement in Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an, China)
Hong Zhu (School of Management, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology,Xi'an, China) (Laboratory of Neuromanagement in Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an, China)
Pengdong Xue (School of Management, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology,Xi'an, China) (Laboratory of Neuromanagement in Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an, China)
Xi Hu (Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)
Xiaotong Guo (School of Management, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology,Xi'an, China) (Laboratory of Neuromanagement in Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an, China)
Bingsheng Liu (School of Public Policy and Administration, Chongqing University,Chongqing, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 13 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study applied eye-tracking techniques and questionnaires within the framework of the Stimulus-Organism-Response Model (SOR) and Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), to investigate the influencing factors of the public acceptance of 5G base stations.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a combination of eye-tracking experiments and questionnaires. The data were analyzed using partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM).

Findings

(1) The Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) could be used to explain the effects on public acceptance of 5G base stations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The public's perceived usefulness and ease of use of 5G base stations positively affects public acceptance of 5G base stations. (2) The public's perceived risk of 5G base stations has a negative influence on the public acceptance of 5G base stations. (3) The public's visual attention to the different valence information about 5G base stations positively impacts the perceived ease of use while having negative impacts on perceived risk. (4) Visual attention to various valence information of 5G base stations can indirectly influence public acceptance through the perceived risk.

Originality/value

Applying the SOR and TAM to data obtained from eye-tracking experiments and questionnaires, this study analyzed the factors and mechanisms influencing public acceptance of 5G base stations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 72134002).

Citation

Fu, H., Zhu, H., Xue, P., Hu, X., Guo, X. and Liu, B. (2022), "Eye-tracking study of public acceptance of 5G base stations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-10-2021-0946

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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