How and when do mobile media demands impact well-being? Explicating the Integrative Model of Mobile Media Use and Need Experiences (IM3UNE)

Language
en
Document Type
Article
Issue Date
2022-04-20
First published
2022-05-01
Issue Year
2022
Authors
Schneider, Frank M.
Lutz, Sarah
Halfmann, Annabell
Meier, Adrian
Reinecke, Leonard
Editor
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Abstract

Using mobile media can be both detrimental and beneficial for well-being. Thus, explaining how and when they elicit such effects is of crucial importance. To explicate boundary conditions and processes for digital well-being, this article introduces the Integrative Model of Mobile Media Use and Need Experiences (IM³UNE). Instead of assuming mobile media to be pathogenic, the IM³UNE offers a salutogenic perspective—it focuses on how we can stay healthy when using mobile media ubiquitously in daily life. More specifically, the model assumes that both the satisfaction and the frustration of basic psychological needs are key underlying mechanisms linking demanding mobile media use to well-being. However, the impact of these mechanisms is contingent on how users perceive, appraise, act on, and make sense of mobile media demands according to their global orientation to life (i.e., their sense of coherence, SOC). Integrating prior work, we theoretically link mindfulness, self-control, and meaningfulness to SOC's central facets, arguing that they represent crucial personal resources required to cope with mobile media demands. Thus, the offers an integrative framework, guiding further research towards a more nuanced study of mobile media’s effect on well-being.

Journal Title
Mobile Media & Communication
Volume
10
Issue
2
Citation
Mobile Media & Communication 10.2 (2022): S. 251-271. <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20501579211054928>
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