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Quantified-Self Consciousness and Online User Behavior: from Circle Culture Perspective

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DOI: 10.25236/ichess.2023.024


Wenjing Guo, Hong Jin

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Hong Jin


The concept of quantified self is deeply integrated into various facets of consumer life, offering both convenience and enjoyment while encouraging users to focus on their own well-being and optimize personal behavior. This, in turn, cultivates Quantified-Self Consciousness (QSC) among users. Despite its ubiquity, existing research on the definition of QSC and its impact on online user engagement remains incomplete, leaving businesses without a comprehensive understanding of user behavior in the context of quantified-self actions. Leveraging self-concept theory, this study employs both surveys and scenario-based experiments to explore the mechanisms through which QSC influences user engagement. Remarkably, we introduce circle characteristic as a moderating variable, which not only extends the applicability of circle characteristic in online user behavior studies but also provides businesses with insightful and culturally nuanced managerial guidance.


Quantified-self consciousness, User engagement, Online behavior, Circle characteristic, Arousal