Cyberbullying on Social Networking Sites: The Crime Opportunity and Affordance Perspectives

Chan, Tommy, Cheung, Christy and Wong, Randy (2019) Cyberbullying on Social Networking Sites: The Crime Opportunity and Affordance Perspectives. Journal of Management Information Systems, 36 (2). pp. 574-609. ISSN 0742-1222

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Cyberbullying on social networking sites (SNS bullying) is an emerging societal challenge related to the undesirable use of technologies. To address the research gaps identified in the literature, we draw on crime opportunity theory and the affordance perspective to propose a meta-framework that guides our investigation into SNS bullying. The meta-framework explains how SNS affordances give rise to the evaluation of favorable SNS environmental conditions for SNS bullying, which, in turn, promote SNS bullying. The research model was empirically tested using a longitudinal online survey of 223 SNS users. The results suggest that the evaluation of SNS environmental conditions predict SNS bullying, and SNS affordances influence the evaluation of these environmental conditions. This work offers a new theoretical perspective to study SNS bullying, highlighting the critical impacts of environmental conditions in shaping such behavior. It also provides SNS developers with insights into measures that combat SNS bullying.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberbullying, SNS bullying, crime opportunity, affordance, social networking sites, meta-framework, societal impacts of technology use, IT deviant use
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 10:04
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 14:05

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