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The role of information avoidance in everyday-life information behaviors

Narayan, Bhuva, Edwards, Sylvia L., & Case, Donald O. (2011) The role of information avoidance in everyday-life information behaviors. In Proceedings of the 74th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, ASIST, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans.

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Abstract

This paper presents the results from a study of information behaviors in the context of people's everyday lives as part of a larger study of information behaviors (IB). 34 participants from across 6 countries maintained a daily information journal or diary – mainly through a secure web log – for two weeks, to an aggregate of 468 participant days over five months. The text-rich diary data was analyzed using Grounded Theory analysis. The findings indicate that information avoidance is a common phenomenon in everyday life and consisted of both passive avoidance and active avoidance. This has implications for several aspects of peoples' lives including health, finance, and personal relationships.

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ID Code: 46078
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: information avoidance, health informatics, health literacy, irrational avoidance, uncertainty avoidance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Human Information Behaviour (080703)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2011 21:50
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2011 02:31

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