Abstract: Social Media platforms, such as Facebook, transform the society we live in today: They change the way we present ourselves, communicate with each other and spend our free time. As these platforms are increasingly permeating our daily routines, conversations and leisure, many stakeholders keep asking about the meaning and long-term consequences of these changes. On the one hand, proponents express strong optimism in their positive value, viewing Social Media as a source of significant benefits at both individual and social levels. At the same time, a number of most recent reports have linked the use of Social Media to feelings of inadequacy, and even depression. Our research suggests that the proliferation of envy feelings among SNS members may work as a mechanism behind the negative impact of Social Media on individual well-being. This finding is of tremendous social importance, as it may help to explain an array of negative emotional outcomes linked to Social Media use. Furthermore, a widespread obsession with mobile devices has recently become obvious. We observe individuals forgo face-to-face communication, parental responsibilities and academic performance in favour of smartphone-enabled communication. Especially, parental addiction emerges as a troublesome development, with many parents neglecting their children and thereby threatening their cognitive and physical development, and above all their safety. Furthermore, students appear to suffer from lower visual and auditory attention when using smartphones during academic lectures. Most recent findings in this area will be presented during the talk.
Bio: Hanna Krasnova is a professor at the Chair of Business Informatics Social Media and Data Science at the University of Potsdam. Hanna has got her doctoral degree and habilitation from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany, and was previously employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland. In her research she addresses the issues of social, individual and enterprise value of the emerging social media applications. She is the author of over 40 research articles published in the Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Information Technology (JIT), Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI / BISE), Identity in the Information Society Journal, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) as well as other IS conferences. Her recent research about Facebook envy has been awarded the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik in 2013 and has been covered by all major news outlets worldwide, including CNN, NBC, and REUTERS. Hanna has also been awarded a prize from the Dalle Molle Foundation for her research ideas on the link between social media use and depression among adolescents.