The impact of mortality salience on quantified self behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic

Published on Oct 1, 2021in Personality and Individual Differences3.004
路 DOI :10.1016/J.PAID.2021.110972
Yue Liu4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SWUFE: Southwestern University of Finance and Economics),
Xingyang Lv9
Estimated H-index: 9
(SWUFE: Southwestern University of Finance and Economics),
Ziyan Tang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Sichuan University)
Abstract Quantified self refers to the process consumers collect, analyze to reflect, control, and optimize their behaviors, thus obtaining self-knowledge. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives dramatically, this research aims to explore how mortality salience caused by COVID-19 affects people's quantified self behavior. The current study used an online survey and the experimental method to test multiple research hypotheses. The results indicated that mortality salience has a positive impact on quantified self; perceived control mediates the relationship between mortality salience and the quantified self, and social distance plays a moderating role between mortality salience and perceived control. The conclusions provide a new way to help people deal with anxiety and fear brought by the COVID-19, and enhance public health and well-being.
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