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Computers in Human Behavior 

About: Computers in Human Behavior is an academic journal. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Social media & The Internet. It has an ISSN identifier of 0747-5632. Over the lifetime, 7112 publication(s) have been published receiving 415450 citation(s).
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Abstract: The current study examined the socio-demographic and psychological factors associated with using digital search engines among two generations of older adults. The self-administered questionnaires were completed manually by 231 Silent Generation seniors (those born between 1925 and 1945) and 536 Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) in Israel. The findings show differences between the generations in patterns of association between socio-demographic and psychological variables and search engine use. Among the Silent Generation, only socio-economic status and education were associated with search engine use, with these variables therefore defining their entry threshold to the digital world. In contrast, among Baby Boomers, all socio-demographic characteristics (excluding gender) were associated with search engine use. Loneliness was negatively associated with the dependent variable among both generations, while psychological distress had a significant effect only among Baby Boomers. We believe that our findings can help develop policies and targeted interventions to counteract expansive social inequalities in internet access for and search engine information-seeking by seniors.

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Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing reliance on digital technology to carry out social, entertainment, work and school activities increased, which may have affected the ways in which parents mediated their children's digital technology use. Given the prominent role that digital technology will have in the future, it is important to investigate parent and child characteristics which impacted parental mediation of children's digital technology use. Therefore, the present study aimed at analysing the frequency of parental mediation strategies (i.e. active and restrictive) during lockdown, their determinants, and how the two strategies affected children's digital skills and time spent online. Data were collected from 461 parent and 461 child participants. Results showed that almost half of parents (46%) practiced parental mediation with the same frequency, while the 42.6% applied it more often. Active mediation was predicted by parental worries about online risks, while restrictive mediation was predicted by time spent online by children, parental worries about online risks, parental negative attitudes towards digital technology and parents' digital skills. Children developed more digital skills when their parents applied higher levels of both active and restrictive mediation, and they spent the lowest amount of time online when their parents employed higher levels of restrictive and lower levels of active mediation. Practical implications for families and children's wellbeing are discussed.

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Mingmin Zhang1, Ping Xu2, Yinjiao Ye2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Chinese social media platforms such as WeChat, TikTok (Douyin in Chinese), and Weibo have become increasingly popular, attracting large amounts of loyal users in and outside of China. Borrowing theories on brand trust and perceived brand values from Marketing and Management, this study examines how perceived media values influence trust in Chinese social media brands such as Weibo and WeChat. Utilizing original survey data collected from Chinese social media users, our study finds that: (1) Chinese users perceive five layers of values in using social media applications, including information value, entertainment value, social networking value, social status value, and organizational communication value; (2) these perceived media values have different effects on trust in social media brands: while entertainment value, social networking value, and social status value directly affect social media brand trust, information value and organizational communication value indirectly affect social media brand trust through social status value, social networking value and/or entertainment value. Our study suggests an important explanation for trust in social media and develops a scale of perceived media values (PMV) that can be used by future researchers.

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Abstract: Smartphones and apps exert a decisive influence on the tourism industry. However, cultural differences can be a barrier to technology-transfer and they influence all aspects of individuals' behavior. In this regard, cultural intelligence (CQ) enables individuals to deal more effectively with these differences, and those with a high CQ are more adaptable and able to cope in cultural environments other than their own. The aim of the present study is to propose and validate a model in which CQ is an antecedent of satisfaction with the travel app and with the tourism experience. Based on a sample of 243 Spanish tourists who used a travel app on their trip, the study finds that a tourist's CQ influences their satisfaction both with the app and with the tourism experience. It further demonstrates the influence of satisfaction with the travel app on satisfaction with the tourism experience. This research holds a series of implications of significant interest both for scholars and professionals in the tourism industry.

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Abstract: Humans are highly sensitive to ostracism experiences and thus, even very short occurrences of being excluded and ignored can threaten fundamental needs and lower mood. We investigated whether not being tagged causes similar negative responses as being excluded in real life. Using a multi-method approach, we show across five studies (total N = 1149) that not being tagged in a posted photo strongly threatens fundamental needs. This effect is moderated by individuals’ need to belong, such that individuals with a higher need to belong experience not being tagged as more aversive. Results replicate across vignette studies in which participants imagine not being tagged on Instagram (Studies 2 and 3) and across studies using an alleged group task paradigm that mimicked the psychological mechanism of not being tagged outside of Instagram (Studies 4a and 4b). All experimental studies were pre-registered and we freely share all materials, code and data. Extending ostracism effects to the social media phenomenon tagging, the present research bridges real-world and digital social interactions. The results add to theoretical knowledge on social media, ostracism, and digital well-being and have practical implications for social media app design, social media interventions and our everyday interactions that increasingly happen online.

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