Conflict between two selves: Mobile temptation and self-control through precommitment

Hyunji So, Jinpyo Hong, Sang Han, Wonseok Oh

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Abstract

This study investigates the effectiveness of diverse precommitment mechanisms as self-control measures against mobile temptation, which refers to an uncontrollable desire and craving to consume mobile applications. These precommitment systems are made available by app blocking options that are downloadable on smartphones at user discretion to restrict access to apps. On the basis of Thaler and Shefrin's (1981) self-control framework, we identify and evaluate rule-based (spatial and temporal) and incentive-driven (social- and reinforcement-based) precommitment schemes. Mixed results are found with respect to the effectiveness of rule-driven precommitment schemes: Rigid temporal precommitment effectively facilitates sustained self-control and motivates users to increase block time, but contrary to expectations, the less stringent flexible spatial precommitment outperforms rigid spatial precommitment. The findings also suggest that both social- and reinforcement-based methods successfully advance sustainable command over oneself and therefore aid users in increasing voluntarily implemented block time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683135
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Dec 11 2016Dec 14 2016

Other

Other2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period12/11/1612/14/16

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Keywords

  • Mobile temptation
  • Mobile usage
  • Precommitment
  • Self-Control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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So, H., Hong, J., Han, S., & Oh, W. (2016). Conflict between two selves: Mobile temptation and self-control through precommitment. In 2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 Association for Information Systems.