Exploring consumers' flow experiences in virtual shopping: An exploratory study

Seung Eun Lee, Tanya Domina, Maureen MacGillivray

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The purpose of this study was to use flow theory to characterise consumers' experiences of visiting stores in the virtual world for the first time and to examine their intentions to use a virtual world for shopping. 119 Midwest US apparel merchandising university students responded to a survey after completing a course assignment introducing them to Second Life and shopping in a virtual world. A hypothesised model consisting of exogenous constructs of web skills and perceived challenges and endogenous constructs of perceived control, concentration, enjoyment, telepresence and shopping intention, guided the analysis. Results revealed that perceived control and enjoyment are significantly stronger than the other model constructs and that web skills and perceived challenge are critical elements influencing the intention to shop in Second Life. Perceived concentration and telepresence did not have significant effects on shopping intentions nor did web skills positively influence perceived telepresence in Second Life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-182
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Challenges
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Enjoyment
  • Flow
  • Metaverse
  • Shopping intentions
  • Telepresence
  • Virtual shopping
  • Virtual worlds
  • Web skills


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