What Drives Sharing and Receiving Usage in Social Network Sites?
Social Network Site (SNS) service providers have a strong interest in knowing which factors drive different kinds of usage in SNSs, in order to be able to foster behavior that is beneficial to their business models. Generally, SNSs possess numerous functionalities that allow their members to perform various actions. These actions can be separated into two categories, namely Receiving usage, where information is acquired, or Sharing usage, where information is shared with other members. But which factors drive Sharing and/or Receiving usage in SNSs? We present six potential factors that could be influencing Sharing and/or Receiving. After surveying Facebook users and applying a structural equation modeling approach, we confirmed that Extraversion and Personal Network Size are influence factors of Sharing usage and that Covert Social Curiosity, General Social Curiosity, and Perceived Informational Benefit are influence factors of Receiving usage. However, we were not able to confirm the influence of Curiosity and Personal Network Size on Receiving usage and present possible explanations for the insignificance of these relationships.
KeywordsSocial Network Site Online Social Network Technology Acceptance Model Average Variance Extract Structural Equation Modeling Approach
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