Phil 7:00 – 5:00 ASRC NASA GEOS
- Factors Motivating Customization and Echo Chamber Creation Within Digital News Environments
- With the influx of content being shared through social media, mobile apps, and other digital sources – including fake news and misinformation – most news consumers experience some degree of information overload. To combat these feelings of unease associated with the sheer volume of news content, some consumers tailor their news ecosystems and purposefully include or exclude content from specific sources or individuals. This study explores customization on social media and news platforms through a survey (N = 317) of adults regarding their digital news habits. Findings suggest that consumers who diversify their online news streams report lower levels of anxiety related to current events and highlight differences in reported anxiety levels and customization practices across the political spectrum. This study provides important insights into how perceived information overload, anxiety around current events, political affiliations and partisanship, and demographic characteristics may contribute to tailoring practices related to news consumption in social media environments. We discuss these findings in terms of their implications for industry, policy, and theory
- More JASSS paper
- Installing new IntelliJ and re-indexing
- Discovered a few bugs with the JsonUtils.find. Fixed and submitted a version to StackOverflow. Eeeep!