Attachment Style and its Influence on the Activities, Motives, and Consequences of SNS Use

Young Min Baek, Yunkyoung Cho, Heejeong Kim

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Abstract

This study employs a uses and gratifications approach to explore how social network sites (SNS) users' attachment style influences SNS motives, SNS use, and related psychological outcomes, as well as the interrelationships of these factors. By modifying preexisting attachment styles, users were classified into four styles: (1) fearful-avoidant, (2) dismissive-avoidant, (3) secure, and (4) anxious-ambivalent. Findings show SNS use and SNS-related outcomes differ across attachment style groups, although SNS motive does not; and attachment style moderates the influences of SNS motive and SNS use on psychological outcomes. These findings imply potential consequences of SNS use can substantially differ depending on users' attachment style.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-541
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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