Impact of Information Technology on Lifestyle: A Literature Review and Classification

Impact of Information Technology on Lifestyle: A Literature Review and Classification

Payam Hanafizadeh (Allameh Tabataba'i University, School of Management and Accounting, Tehran, Iran), Samira Ghandchi (Allameh Tabataba'i University, School of Management and Accounting, Tehran, Iran) and Masoud Asgarimehr (Allameh Tabataba'i University, School of Management and Accounting, Tehran, Iran)
DOI: 10.4018/IJVCSN.2017040101
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Abstract

This paper presents a review of 81 research articles published between 1996 and 2013 on the impact of information technology on lifestyle. Our findings indicate that the number of investigations into the impact of IT on various areas of everyday life, increased considerably during this period, given that 63 percent of the articles were published between 2010 and 2013. From these articles, eight dimensions emerged which were classified by IT and lifestyle experts. Moreover, theme analysis was applied to all contents extracted from the various articles, leading to an eight-sided lifestyle model. The domains are: health, learning, social, work and environment, energy, art, spiritual life, and miscellaneous. A comprehensive list of papers with classifications is presented.
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Considering the nature of the research, it would be difficult to classify it according to specific criteria. The concept of lifestyle comprises many areas as evident in the fact that lifestyle articles appear in a range of journals in domains such as health, behavioral science, education, energy, and information technology, to name a few. Hence, various online databases including Science Direct, Emerald Insight, Springer, and EBSCOhost, were searched to obtain a bibliography related to the impact of IT on lifestyle. The Scopus search engine was also used to ensure the coverage of the articles in other databases. The following selection criteria were applied:

  • The keywords “technology + life”, “information + life”, “internet + life”, “web + life” and “online + life”, were used to search the titles of the papers;

  • Because the subject matter is very diverse, these keywords were used to search the abstracts of several papers as well;

  • Conference papers, master and doctoral dissertations, textbooks, and unpublished working papers were excluded because academics and practitioners generally use journals to acquire information and disseminate new findings; therefore, journals contain the highest level of research (Nord and Nord, 1995). In this paper, only five conference papers were selected because they were considered the most important.

This search resulted in 81 relevant articles published between 1996 and the latter half of 2013.

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