Technostress and Social Networking Services: Uncovering Strains and Their Underlying Stressors

  • Markus SaloEmail author
  • Henri Pirkkalainen
  • Tiina Koskelainen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 294)


Numerous users of social networking sites and services (SNS) suffer from technostress and its various strains that hinder well-being. Despite a growing research interest on technostress, the extant studies have not explained what kinds of various strains can SNS use create and how can these strains be traced back to different stressors. To address this gap in research, we employed a qualitative approach by narrative interviews. As a contribution, our findings introduce four SNS strains (concentration problems, sleep problems, identity problems, and social relation problems) and explain how they link with different underlying SNS stressors. As practical implications, the findings of this study can help technostressed users to identify their SNS strains, understand how they are created, and increase their possibilities to avoid the strains in the future.


Technostress Social networking sites Social networking services Strains Stressors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Salo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Henri Pirkkalainen
    • 2
  • Tiina Koskelainen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Tampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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