Share of Attention: Exploring the Allocation of User Attention to Consumer Applications

L. Rieser*, B. Furneaux

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Abstract

Despite clear, finite limits on the availability of human attention, limited effort has been directed toward understanding how user attention is allocated in contexts such as digital application environments where consumers frequently confront an abundance of competing alternatives. This is surprising given the growing significance of application platforms, ecosystems, and other application environments that offer seemingly endless choice. In these types of environments the value delivered to users and the success of application developers is often highly dependent on the attention that users allocate to an application after they have adopted it. There is, therefore, considerable value in efforts to better understand what drives the post-adoption allocation of consumer attention toward specific applications. As such, we draw on attention theory to propose a model of attention allocation and then test this model on a dataset that includes over 2,200 hedonic desktop applications and more than 300 users. Analysis using fractional regression indicates that user attention is most likely to be allocated to applications that have been used both recently and persistently as well as by applications that are popular and current. Finally, our results highlight the negative impact that a large application portfolio has on the allocation of user attention to individual applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107006
Number of pages14
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume126
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • User attention
  • Application portfolios
  • Individual behavior
  • Consumer applications
  • Archival research
  • FRACTIONAL RESPONSE VARIABLES
  • INFORMATION-SYSTEMS
  • BOTTOM-UP
  • TOP-DOWN
  • TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
  • SOFTWARE ADOPTION
  • VISUAL-SEARCH
  • MOBILE APPS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • SERVICES

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