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Publication date: 27 March 2019

Hillbun Ho and Kenichi Ito

Mounting empirical evidence shows that engagement in social network sites (SNSs) could have a negative impact on users’ personal well-being. However, studies of the…

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Purpose

Mounting empirical evidence shows that engagement in social network sites (SNSs) could have a negative impact on users’ personal well-being. However, studies of the undesirable effects of SNS use have not examined SNSs as a channel for users to share consumption information and experiences. To extend prior research, this study aims to examine the impact of consumption-oriented engagement (COE) in SNSs on young adult consumers’ personal well-being in terms of anxiety and self-esteem, as well as excessive spending.

Design/methodology/approach

Surveys were the primary means of data collection from a sample of young college students (N = 900). Moderated hierarchical regression was used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

COE is positively associated with anxiety and excessive spending and negatively associated with self-esteem. Social comparison mediates these relationships, and individuals’ materialistic values moderate the mediation.

Research limitations/implications

This study demonstrates the psychological and behavioral outcomes of consumer socialization via digital media among young adult consumers. It introduces and empirically validates social comparison as a theoretical explanation for the effects of COE. In addition, it validates materialistic values as a personal trait that moderates the effects of COE.

Practical implications

The study validates COE as a key precursor to the well-being of young adult users of SNSs and social comparison as the mediator. With this understanding, public policies can be designed to mitigate the root cause of the negative impact of SNS use.

Originality/value

Findings shed light on the negative repercussions of engagement in SNSs in the consumption domain and provide an impetus for educators, researchers and policymakers to make further efforts to gain a thorough understanding of the pitfalls of social media use.

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European Journal of Marketing, vol. 53 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0566

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Publication date: 1 February 1990

The fifth in the series of Printed Circuit World Conventions is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 12—15 June 1990. It is organised by the UK Printed Circuit World…

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The fifth in the series of Printed Circuit World Conventions is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 12—15 June 1990. It is organised by the UK Printed Circuit World Convention Committee under the direction of the co‐sponsors: EIPC (Europe), IMF (UK), IPC (USA), JPCA (Japan) and PCIF (UK).

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Circuit World, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-6120

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Publication date: 13 August 2014

Kazuhiro Asakawa

I discuss Eleanor Westney’s significant contributions to the field of Japanese business studies in four regards. First, her genuine interest in Japan and her deep…

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I discuss Eleanor Westney’s significant contributions to the field of Japanese business studies in four regards. First, her genuine interest in Japan and her deep knowledge of Japan and its language drove her thorough investigation of Japanese business and management. Second, her disciplinary approach to Japanese business and society has added value to the studies of Japanese businesses by linking idiosyncratic phenomena to general sociological perspectives. Third, she played a bridging role, facilitating interactions between the Western and Japanese academic communities. Finally, she has been extremely positive, encouraging, and inspiring to people worldwide working in the field. Westney’s contribution to academia clearly reaches beyond the field of Japanese business studies and extends to the entire field of international business and R&D/innovation management.

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Orchestration of the Global Network Organization
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78350-953-9

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Publication date: 1 February 1987

Kenichi Ohmae

Now that Japanese consumers have gained considerable purchasing power, multinational companies need to envision a triad market composed of Western Europe, North America, and Japan.

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Now that Japanese consumers have gained considerable purchasing power, multinational companies need to envision a triad market composed of Western Europe, North America, and Japan.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 7 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2059-5794

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Publication date: 29 July 2014

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Cross Cultural Management, vol. 21 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7606

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