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Opting Out During COVID-19: The Dynamics Between Social Media Distance and Work-Family Balance

Peters, J.M. (2021) Opting Out During COVID-19: The Dynamics Between Social Media Distance and Work-Family Balance.

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Abstract:In this study the dynamics between work-family balance and COVID-19 was examined among employees in relation with social media distance and digital social connection. Previous research showed social media can have an influence on the balance between work and private life. People feel the need to be connected all the time. Nonetheless, research showed that the need to disconnect increased over the past years. However, there is a lack of research regarding its effect during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially since for many people work shifted from offline activities to online activities. To examine these effects, a survey was spread among the target group, which included participants older than 18 years, employees and people who use social media. This study used statistical tests to explore the relationship between employees (N = 245) work-family balance. Findings revealed a significant correlation between digital social connection and work-family balance. This suggests that the amount of social media usage among employees will lead to a lower balance between work and family life. Interestingly, the amount of social media distance were not related to the work-family balance. This suggests that the need to opt out does not lead to an improved work-family balance.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87879
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