Children's Internet Addiction, Family-to-Work Conflict, and Job Outcomes: A Study of Parent-Child Dyads

MIS Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3 (2019), pp. 903-927.

60 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2019

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Viswanath Venkatesh

University of Arkansas - Department of Information Systems

Tracy Sykes

University of Arkansas

Frank K. Y. Chan

ESSEC Business School

James Y.L. Thong

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - HKUST School of Business and Management

Paul J. H. Hu

University of Utah - Department of Operations and Information Systems

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the role of parenting behaviors in influencing children’s Internet addiction and the consequences of children’s Internet addiction on parents’ job outcomes. First, we draw on attachment theory to theorize that five parenting behaviors (i.e., parental control, monitoring, unstructured time, dissuasion, and rationalization) affect children’s Internet addiction and their effects are moderated by the children’s views of parent-child attachment. Second, we draw on research on the work-family interface to theorize that children’s Internet addiction affects parents’ job outcomes (i.e., job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and work exhaustion) and the effects are mediated by family-to-work conflict. We tested our hypotheses using an integrated research approach that includes quantitative and qualitative data. We conducted an online survey to collect quantitative responses from 776 parent-child dyads. The results of our model showed that the effects of parenting behaviors on children’s Internet addiction, except for dissuasion, were moderated by the children’s views of parent-child attachment. Also, family-to-work conflict mediated the effects of children’s Internet addiction on parents’ job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and work exhaustion. We collected qualitative data via interviews from 50 parents to cross-validate the results from the quantitative study.

Keywords: family-to-work conflict, Internet addiction, parent-child attachment, parent-child dyads, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, work exhaustion, dark side of IT

Suggested Citation

Venkatesh, Viswanath and Sykes, Tracy Ann and Chan, Frank K. Y. and Thong, James Y.L. and Hu, Paul J. H., Children's Internet Addiction, Family-to-Work Conflict, and Job Outcomes: A Study of Parent-Child Dyads (2019). MIS Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3 (2019), pp. 903-927., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3453726

Viswanath Venkatesh

University of Arkansas - Department of Information Systems ( email )

United States

Tracy Ann Sykes

University of Arkansas ( email )

United States

Frank K. Y. Chan

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - HKUST School of Business and Management ( email )

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Paul J. H. Hu

University of Utah - Department of Operations and Information Systems ( email )

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