Fr-SYM-1382-7 - Is Ict Use The Cause Or Result Of Reduced Detachment? Investigating Reversed Causality In A Diary Study With A Cross-Lagged Panel Design

Work-Life Interface
Scheduling of work
Is ICT use the cause or result of reduced detachment? Investigating reversed causality in a diary study with a cross-lagged panel design
C. Heissler 1,*, S. Ohly 1
1University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Main Abstract Content: Purpose:
Studies on the risks of work-related ICT use after hours often emphasize detrimental effects on detachment. The reversed causal effect – insufficient detachment leading to work-related ICT use – has not yet been examined. However, research would benefit from investigating bidirectional or reversed relationships to broaden our understanding of causes and risks of work-related ICT use during leisure time.
Using a daily diary study design, data were collected from 134 German knowledge workers who completed three daily surveys during evening hours of 5 consecutive work days. Participants provided information on duration and intensity of work-related ICT use after work as well as their level of detachment on the second and third survey ensuring a cross-lagged panel design for each day.
Regression analysis supports the notion that failing to properly detach from work can lead to subsequent work-related ICT use.
The present study measured all constructs using self-reports and did not consider work-related ICT use on weekends/ during vacation.
Research/Practical Implications:
Considering the results future diary studies on ICT use and detachment should be mindful of bidirectional effects and investigate factors that moderate directionality between those variables
Using a diary study with a cross-lagged panel design this study discards the assumption that insufficient detachment is invariably the result of work-related ICT use and provides evidence for reversed causality. The short time lag reveals the dynamic between detachment and ICT within evenings.


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