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Impact of social media addiction on librarians' performance: mediating role of task distraction, moderating role of effective self-control

Asad Javed (Department of Management Sciences, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan)
Samar Hayat Khan (Culture, Tourism, Archeology, Museum and Youth Affairs Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat Development Authority, Abbottabad, Abbottabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Aamir Shafique Khan (School of Management, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China) (Lahore Business School, The University of Lahore, Sargodha, Pakistan)
Hassan Ahmed Shah (Department of Management Sciences, Khushal Khan Khattak University Karak, Karak, Pakistan)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 30 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The study was initiated to test the relationship of social media site addiction on librarians' performance. Furthermore, the study also tested the mediating role of task distraction and moderating role of effective self-control in aforesaid relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

This was an empirical study, and data for the research were collected through a standardized questionnaire from 503 librarians who were having Facebook accounts and are questionnaire developed through “Google Forms” and the link of the questionnaire was distributed using Facebook groups. Data was analyzed using descriptive analysis, correlation, Baron and Kenny's approach, and Normal Test Theory.

Findings

Results indicate that social media addiction is an important factor for that is reducing librarians' performance. At the same time task distraction also adds to negative impact of social media addiction on librarians' performance. However, effective self-control can reduce the negative impact of social media addiction on their performance.

Research limitations/implications

This research has some important theoretical as well as practical implications for librarians, library management, and well as for policy makers and government.

Originality/value

Social media is commonly used for communication but when it becomes addiction, it can reduce the employees' performance. Most of existing researched focused on positive aspects of social media; only few researches explored the negative impacts of social media. The proposed relationship was never tested on librarians. This study filled this literature gap and proposed as well as empirically tested a model for evaluating negative impact of social media on librarians' performance.

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Citation

Javed, A., Khan, S.H., Khan, M.A.S. and Shah, H.A. (2023), "Impact of social media addiction on librarians' performance: mediating role of task distraction, moderating role of effective self-control", Library Hi Tech, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-01-2022-0078

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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