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Title: Smartphone (dis)connectedness and vacation recovery
Authors: Kirillova, K 
Wang, D 
Keywords: Destination restorative qualities
Social presence
Tourist experience
Vacation recovery
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Annals of tourism research, 2016, v. 61, p. 157-169 How to cite?
Journal: Annals of tourism research 
Abstract: Given ubiquitous connectivity provided by modern smartphones and tablets, this research aims to determine whether the use of smartphones for social purposes (work and non-work related) during a vacation enhances or hinders the potential of tourism environment to promote a sense of recovery. In other words, which role does omnipresent connectivity play in facilitating tourists’ recovery? Drawing on Attention-Restoration Theory, Social Presence Theory, and survey data of working Chinese population, we show that frequency of work-related social presence acts as a negative moderator while quality of work and non-work social presence are positive moderators in the relationship between destination restorative qualities and vacation recovery. We discuss how these results problematize the current understanding of tourist experience as liminal and “encapsulating.”
ISSN: 0160-7383
EISSN: 1873-7722
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2016.10.005
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