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dc.contributor.authorLaato, Samuli
dc.contributor.authorIslam, A. K. M. Najmul
dc.contributor.authorIslam, Muhammad Nazrul
dc.contributor.authorWhelan, Eoin
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-16T07:58:22Z
dc.date.issued2020-06-07
dc.identifier.citationLaato, Samuli, Islam, A. K. M. Najmul, Islam, Muhammad Nazrul, & Whelan, Eoin. (2020). What drives unverified information sharing and cyberchondria during the COVID-19 pandemic? European Journal of Information Systems, doi:10.1080/0960085X.2020.1770632en_IE
dc.identifier.issn1476-9344
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/16022
dc.description.abstractThe World Health Organisation has emphasised that misinformation – spreading rapidly through social media – poses a serious threat to the COVID-19 response. Drawing from theories of health perception and cognitive load, we develop and test a research model hypothesising why people share unverified COVID-19 information through social media. Our findings suggest a person’s trust in online information and perceived information overload are strong predictors of unverified information sharing. Furthermore, these factors, along with a person’s perceived COVID-19 severity and vulnerability influence cyberchondria. Females were significantly more likely to suffer from cyberchondria, with males more likely to share news without verifying its reliability. Our findings suggest that to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 misinformation and cyberchondria, measures should be taken to enhance a healthy scepticism of health news while simultaneously guarding against information overload.en_IE
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dc.language.isoenen_IE
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal Of Information Systemsen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_IE
dc.subjectpandemicen_IE
dc.subjectfake newsen_IE
dc.subjectcyberchondriaen_IE
dc.subjectmisinformationen_IE
dc.subjectinformation overloaden_IE
dc.titleWhat drives unverified information sharing and cyberchondria during the COVID-19 pandemic?en_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2020-06-12T11:36:41Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/0960085X.2020.1770632
dc.local.publishedsourcehttps://doi.org/10.1080/0960085X.2020.1770632en_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
dc.description.embargo2021-06-07
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dc.local.contactEoin Whelan, Business Info Systems Group, J.E Cairnes School Of Business, & Economics, Room 361, Nui Galway. 4224 Email: eoin.whelan@nuigalway.ie
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