Date of Award
Avatar technology, Proteus effect, Virtual worlds, Well-being, Wellbeing, Wellness
Strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, specifically quarantine and social distancing protocols, have exposed a troubling paradox: mandated isolation meant to save lives has inadvertently contributed to a decline in America’s well-being. Prolonged isolation due to more remote work and decentralized workplaces has been associated with widespread loneliness and diminished physical and mental health, with effects compounded by limited face-to-face access to social support systems. While remote communication technologies (e.g., video chat) can connect individuals with colleagues and social networks, remote technologies might have limited effectiveness in business and social contexts. This study uses Roger’s Diffusion of Innovation Theory to explain and understand how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread within an organization. The research question is, “What factors may increase the likelihood of adopting a virtual world technology for workplace well-being?” This study contributes to the business and academic sectors to further understand the potential of this innovative positive technology to increase social connection and create a sense of well-being and community for both remote and office-based employees.
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Reilly, Colleen M., "Where Virtual Well-Being Becomes Reality" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2076.
Received from ProQuest
Colleen M. Reilly
Business administration, Public health, Behavioral psychology
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