Rajiv Kishore (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology) had a paper, “Aging differently: How socioemotional reactions to perceived remaining time in life influence older adults’ satisfaction in virtual communities,” accepted for publication by New Media and Society, which is considered a top-tier journal in the field of communication studies.
This paper was co-authored with collaborators from the University of Texas at Arlington and Shantou University, China. Rooted in socioemotional selectivity theory, the paper aims to understand how older adults’ reactions to perceived remaining time in life influence their satisfaction from their knowledge contribution and seeking in virtual communities. Results confirm that while both knowledge contribution and knowledge seeking activities promote older adults’ satisfaction, the impact of knowledge contribution is stronger on satisfaction. Further, as hypothesized, positive attitude toward aging amplifies the impact of knowledge seeking while meaning in life weakens the impact of knowledge contribution on older adults’ satisfaction.