Best Theory Paper in Track @ ICIS 2020
(16.02.2021) Der Konferenzbeitrag "Social Comparison in mHealth: The Role of Similar Others and Feelings of Envy" von Monica Fallon, Manuel Schmidt-Kraepelin, Scott Thiebes, Simon Warsinsky und Ali Sunyaev wurde mit Best Theory Paper Award im Track IS in Healthcare auf der 41. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2020) ausgezeichnet.
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 goal- setting 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.