The bright and dark sides of social cyberloafing: Effects on employee mental health in China
China, Fatigue, Mental health, Psychological detachment, Social cyberloafing
Journal of Business Research
Cyberloafing, the use of the Internet for non-work related activities, is widespread in the workplace. Although most research on cyberloafing concentrates on negative consequences for employees and organizations, studies have begun exploring its potential positive effects. This study contributes to that discussion by examining the impact of employee social cyberloafing on their mental health. We draw from ego-depletion theory and the effort-recovery model to develop a framework that explains social cyberloafing's effects on two facets of employee mental health: fatigue and psychological detachment. Data from 375 Chinese employees were analyzed using a structural equation model and bootstrapping procedure. Results show that while social cyberloafing has a positive relationship with psychological detachment, it leads to employee fatigue. Moreover, psychological detachment positively and fatigue negatively mediate the relationship between social cyberloafing and mental health.
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Wu, Jinnan; Mei, Wenjuan; Liu, Lin; and Ugrin, Joseph C., "The bright and dark sides of social cyberloafing: Effects on employee mental health in China" (2020). Faculty Publications. 308.