Online amplification of air pollution risk perception: the moderating role of affect in information

Yu Guo, Yiwei Li

研究成果: Article査読

11 被引用数 (Scopus)

抄録

This study investigates the amplification effect of the Internet on Chinese people’s air pollution risk perception. Analyses are based on data collected from a sample of Internet users in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou (N = 328). This study assumes that the characteristics of online information ‒ availability of information and affect in information ‒ will significantly contribute to the increase in air pollution risk perception. Results of path analysis indicated marginal significance of the effect of information availability on air pollution risk perception. Regarding the influence of affect in information, results showed that information including appeals to affect significantly increased perceived risk of air pollution; meanwhile, it also functioned as a moderator that significantly increased the strength of the causal relationship between information availability and risk perception. Findings of this study suggest that strategies for appropriately amplifying risk perception such as using heuristics may contribute to promoting public awareness of risks as well as encouraging public participation in the social effort to tackle risks.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)80-93
ページ数14
ジャーナルInformation Communication and Society
21
1
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2018 1 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 通信
  • 図書館情報学

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