Maladaptive Mobile Use and Family-work Conflict: A Resource Drain Theory Approach to Examine Their Effects on Productivity and Well-being
Frazier Family Professor of Computer Information Systems
College of Business
University of Louisville
Friday, Oct 1
10:30am – 12 pm | Alter 603
While acknowledging the many benefits of anytime-anywhere connectivity, recent research has called for further investigation into the maladaptive side of mobile technology use in the work-family interface realm. We rely on Resource Drain Theory to investigate how family-work conflict (FWC) leads to excessive use of mobile devices for work purposes during non-work hours, which, in turn, affects individual productivity and well-being. Further, we examine the role of competitive climate as a boundary condition. We conducted a field study across two measurement periods involving 324 individuals and their partners. Our results suggest that FWC affects productivity and well-being through excessive mobile use, and that competitive climate amplifies these effects. The study contributes by providing a better understanding of excessive mobile use phenomenon in terms of its determinants and consequences. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our findings, and outline directions for future research.