본 연구는 최근 들어 사용이 꾸준히 증가하고 있는 스마트폰 다이어트/운동 앱에 주목하면서, 채널확장이론 (channel expansion theory)과 기술수용모델 (technology acceptance model)에 기반하여, 세 가지 선행요인-인터넷 정보이용 효능감, 스마트폰 이용 효능감, 그리고 인터넷 정보에 대한 신뢰도 -이 다이어트/운동 앱에 대한 태도 및 수용의도에 미치는 영향에 대해 분석했다. 경로분석 결과에 따르면, 인터넷 정보이용 효능감과 스마트폰 이용 효능감은 다이어트/운동 앱에 대한 인지된 사용 용이성 (PEOU)에 정적인 영향을 미치고, 인터넷 정보에 대한 신뢰도는 해당 앱에 대한 인지된 유용성 (PU)에 정적인 영향을 미치는 것으로 나타났다. 이에 더해, 인터넷 정보이용 효능감과 인터넷 정보에 대한 신뢰도가 다이어트/운동 앱에 대한 인지된 유용성에 미치는 영향은 성별에 따라 유의미한 차이를 보였다.
This study paid attention to the notable increase of the use of diet/exercise apps on smartphones. Based on channel expansion theory and technology acceptance model (TAM), this study investigated how three predictors-Internet information use efficacy, Internet information credibility, smartphone use efficacy-affected one's attitude toward and intention to use diet/exercise apps. Results from a path analysis indicated that Internet information use efficacy and smartphone use efficacy positively predict the perceived ease of use of diet/exercise apps. Internet information credibility positively predicts the perceived usefulness of such apps. Moreover, there were gender differences in the effects of both Internet information use efficacy and Internet information credibility on the perceived usefulness of diet/exercise apps.
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