The Effect of Counterproductive Time on Online Task Completion

The objective of this study was to investigate how counterproductive time spent on a website affects consumers’ online task completion. Two hundred and twenty-eight consumers were asked to perform a task on determined websites. Verbal protocols and clickstream data were collected. Results of Study 1 showed that the time spent waiting for pages to download had no effect on task completion, but that the time lost on pages that were useless to the task at hand had a negative impact on consumers’ task completion. Focusing solely on downloading times, Study 2 indicated that the downloading time related to pages that were useful to consumers had no effect on task completion, but downloading times related to pages that were useless had a significant impact on task completion. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.


Jacques Nantel and Sylvain Senecal (2006) ,"The Effect of Counterproductive Time on Online Task Completion", in AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Margaret Craig Lees, Teresa Davis, and Gary Gregory, Sydney, Australia : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 416-418.


Jacques Nantel, HEC Montreal, Canada
Sylvain Senecal, HEC Montreal, Canada


AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2006

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