Why do young people tag photos on social networking sites? Explaining user intentions

Amandeep Dhir*, Puneet Kaur, Risto Rajala

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Scholars have emphasized an urgent need to investigate the determinants of user intentions to share content on social networking sites (SNS). A growing share of the content in social media is visual − including Photos − which users can share by tagging. To improve the understanding of the determinants of social media users’ behavioral intention to share content, this study investigates why people tag photos on SNS. A comprehensive research model was developed based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2) and Social Cognitive Theory (SCT). The validity of the extended UTAUT2 model was tested on a new form of technology use which is not only timely but is much desired by the scholars engaged in information systems research. The research model investigates the role of habit, hedonic motivation, facilitating conditions, social influence, effort expectancy, performance expectancy, social presence, social status, and self-efficacy in influencing the user intentions to engage in photo-tagging. The research model was tested using a cross-sectional study of 780 adolescent Facebook users. The findings suggest that only habit and hedonic motivation have a significant direct influence on the user's intentions to tag photos. The study contributes to the theorizing of the role of habits and hedonic motivations in user behaviors in the SNS and provides new insights into these factors for the managers of social media sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Adolescents
  • Facebook
  • Photo-tagging
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Unified theory of acceptance and use of technology
  • User intentions

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