The association between excessive social media use and distraction: An eye movement tracking study

Jia-Qiong Xie, Detlef H. Rost, Fu-Xing Wang, Jin-Liang Wang, Rebecca L. Monk

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Abstract

Drawing on scan-and-shift hypothesis and scattered attention hypothesis, this article attempted to explore the association between excessive social media use (ESMU) and distraction from an information engagement perspective. In study 1, the results, based on 743 questionnaires completed by Chinese college students, showed that ESMU is related to distraction in daily life. In Study 2, eye-tracking technology was used to investigate the distraction and performance of excessive microblog users when performing the modified Stroop task. The results showed that excessive microblog users had difficulties suppressing interference information than non-microblog users, resulting in poor performance. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103415
JournalInformation and Management
Volume58
Issue number2
Early online date11 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Excessive social media use
  • distraction
  • stroop task
  • eye movement

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