A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Having belief(s) in social virtual worlds: – A decomposed approach

Alaotsikko: A decomposed approach
Julkaisun tekijät: Jani Merikivi, Tibert Verhagen, Frans Feldberg
Kustantaja: Sage
Julkaisuvuosi: 2013
Journal: New Media and Society
Volyymi: 15
Julkaisunumero: 7
eISSN: 1461-7315


The interest in social virtual worlds with multiple functions has mushroomed during the past few years. The key challenge social virtual worlds face while attempting to anchor and serve the masses is to reflect the core beliefs of their users. As existing research lacks insight into these core beliefs, this study aims to contribute to the existing knowledge base by proposing and testing a model grounded on the decomposed theory of planned behavior. Predicated on the multipurpose nature ofsocial virtual worlds, the model proposes medium-specific attitudinal, normative andcontrol beliefs as determinants of continual use intention. The model is tested witha sample of 2175 users who inhabit Habbo Hotel – one of the largest social virtualworlds in the industry. The results indicate significant though different influencesof attitudinal and control beliefs. The most fundamental finding is the irrelevanceof normative beliefs, which puts the social character of social virtual worlds intoperspective.

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