Focusing on social network services (SNS), the purpose of this paper is to propose a research model to investigate individuals’ SNS usage facilitators and inhibitors from the perspective of individuals’ media system dependency (MSD) and privacy concerns.
The research model will be tested with data collected from online users of Facebook. The survey yielded a total of 403 responses for the data analysis which was conducted by measurement and structural models.
The findings indicate that SNSs members strive for understanding, orientation, and play dependencies which facilitate their satisfaction and social presence, and subsequently fosters their continuance intention toward the SNS. In addition, the members’ privacy concerns decrease satisfaction and social presence online.
First, this study has contributed to the authors’ understanding of an individual’s SNS facilitators and inhibitors from the theoretical perspective (i.e. MSD theory and privacy concerns). Second, satisfaction is a strong antecedent of continuance intention and would dilute the effect of social presence on an individual’s SNS continuance intention.
This research and paper were supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, ROC (Grant No. MOST 103-2410-H-031-049-).
Huang, H.-Y., Chen, P.-L. and Kuo, Y.-C. (2017), "Understanding the facilitators and inhibitors of individuals’ social network site usage", Online Information Review, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 85-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-10-2015-0319
Emerald Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2017, Emerald Publishing Limited