Analyzing the Impact of Culture on Average Time Spent on Social Networking Sites

Rotem Shneor & Kalanit Efrat (2014) Analyzing the Impact of Culture on Average Time Spent on Social Networking Sites, Journal of Promotion Management, 20:4, 413-435, DOI: 10.1080/10496491.2014.930281

Posted: 22 Aug 2014

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Rotem Shneor

University of Agder

Kalanit Efrat

Ruppin Academic Center

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Date Written: August 8, 2014

Abstract

The study examines the influence of national culture on national averages of time spent (ATS) visiting the largest social networking sites (SNSs): Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The analysis uses cultural dimensions adopted from both the works of Hofstede and Schwartz, while controlling for country e-readiness and median population age. The findings suggest that culture’s influence may be moderated by the media richness and type of network focus of each SNS. Overall, in rich-media SNSs, egalitarianism positively impacts ATS. Individualism and masculinity only impact ATS on friendship-oriented SNSs. Additionally, uncertainty avoidance and intellectual autonomy only impact ATS on professional-oriented SNSs.

Keywords: virtual communities, online communities, social networking sites, culture, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Suggested Citation

Shneor, Rotem and Efrat, Kalanit, Analyzing the Impact of Culture on Average Time Spent on Social Networking Sites (August 8, 2014). Rotem Shneor & Kalanit Efrat (2014) Analyzing the Impact of Culture on Average Time Spent on Social Networking Sites, Journal of Promotion Management, 20:4, 413-435, DOI: 10.1080/10496491.2014.930281, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2484474

Rotem Shneor (Contact Author)

University of Agder ( email )

Serviceboks 422
N-4604 Kristiansand, VEST AGDER 4604
Norway

Kalanit Efrat

Ruppin Academic Center ( email )

Emek Hefer 40250
Israel

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