Social comparison in mhealth: The role of similar others and feelings of envy

Fallon, Monica ; Schmidt-Kraepelin, Manuel ; Thiebes, Scott ; Warsinsky, Simon Lukas ; Sunyaev, Ali

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Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2020
Book title: ICIS 2020 : Proceedings of the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (Virtual Conference), Hyderabad, India, December 13-16, 2020
Page range: Paper 1655
Conference title: ICIS 2020
Location of the conference venue: Online
Date of the conference: 13.-16.12.2020
Publisher: George, Joey ; Paul, Souren ; De', Rahul
Place of publication: Atlanta, GA
Publishing house: AISeL
ISBN: 978-1-7336325-5-3
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Wirtschaftsinformatik I (Heinzl 2002-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Enterprise Systems (InES)
Subject: 004 Computer science, internet
330 Economics
610 Medicine and health
Abstract: To foster ambitious goal setting, mHealth app developers increasingly implement social comparison features such as leaderboards. However, extant research does not sufficiently look at affective consequences of such features and their impact on goalsetting behavior. We focus on two aspects of social comparison to better address this issue: (1) the similarity of comparison targets and (2) the affective consequence of envy. We distinguish between two similarity dimensions (performance and related attributes) and two distinct emotions of envy (benign and malicious). In an experimental study, we find that comparing to targets similar on related attributes (age and gender) determines the relevance of the comparison and positively impacts benign and malicious envy. We further show that comparing to targets similar in performance (step count) decreases malicious envy and increases benign envy, based on appraisals of perceived control. Moreover, benign and malicious envy differentially impact goal-setting behavior.

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