Psychological aspects of information seeking on the Internet

Joinson, A. and Banyard, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-2527-0755, 2002. Psychological aspects of information seeking on the Internet. Aslib Proceedings, 54 (2), pp. 95-102. ISSN 0001-253X

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Two studies are presented that investigate information seeking behaviour on the Internet. In Study One, soccer fans’ information seeking on the World Wide Web (WWW) is investigated. In Study Two, access rates to a cancer information website are analysed. It is tentatively argued that there is a tendency for people to access information more commonly avoided in ‘real life’, although in the case of football fans, the tendency to ‘bask in reflected glory’ remains when online, while cutting off reflected failure is minimised. Implications for understanding and researching psychological processes of web browsing behaviour are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Aslib Proceedings
Creators: Joinson, A. and Banyard, P.
Publisher: Emerald/MCB UP Ltd.
Place of Publication: Bradford
Date: 2002
Volume: 54
Number: 2
ISSN: 0001-253X
Rights: © 2002 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:45
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 10:18

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