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Predicting mobile social network acceptance based on mobile value and social influence

Kuan-Yu Lin (Department of Information Networking and System Administration, Ling Tung University, Taichung, Taiwan (ROC))
Hsi-Peng Lu (Department of Information Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC))

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 2 February 2015




Building upon studies of value theory and social psychology literature, the purpose of this paper is to empirically test a research model that incorporates antecedents of value (mobile convenience, service compatibility, security risk, and cognitive effort) and mobile value (utilitarian and hedonic value), and social influence (social norms and number of peers) to examine factors affecting user intention toward mobile social networking sites (SNSs).


The proposed model was empirically evaluated using survey data collected from 318 users on their perceptions of mobile SNSs. A structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to assess the relationships of the research model.


The results revealed that mobile convenience, service compatibility, security risk, and cognitive effort have a significant and indirect impact on the user acceptance of mobile SNSs through their respective paths on hedonic value and utility value.

Practical implications

Mobile SNSs practitioners should focus on enhancing users’ mobile value through perceived benefits, lower perceived costs, and simultaneously developing social influence to further boost users’ intention to use for mobile social networking services.


This study contributes to a theoretical understanding of factors that explain users’ intention to use the mobile SNSs.



Lin, K.-Y. and Lu, H.-P. (2015), "Predicting mobile social network acceptance based on mobile value and social influence", Internet Research, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 107-130.



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