Addicts without substance? Social media addiction when Facebook shuts down

Sedera, Darshana and Lokuge, Sachithra ORCID: (2020) Addicts without substance? Social media addiction when Facebook shuts down. In: 41st International Conference on Information Systems: Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global (ICIS 2020), 13-16 Dec 2020, Hyderabad, India.

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In March 2018, a series of anti-social and racial riots in Sri Lanka led to a government-controlled ban of all social media use in the country for 14 days. This nation-wide ban included the use of all social media such as Facebook, Twitter and communication apps like WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat. Until the day of the sanctions, a population of 23 million in Sri Lanka had never experienced government sanctions, restrictions or interventions on social media use. This sudden ban provided a unique window of opportunity to investigate social media non-use and use and how it might lead to psychological distress. Using a longitudinal study design of two surveys, analyzing data of 476 and 205 respectively, this study makes insightful preliminary observations of social media non-use and use continuum.

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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 06:38
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 04:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media, addiction, non-use, use, longitudinal survey
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080611 Information Systems Theory
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460909 Information systems philosophy, research methods and theory

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