Factors influencing evaluations of web site information

Academic Article

Abstract

  • This study investigated the effect of first-person and third-person perceptions of web site information. Responses from a telephone survey of 226 participants in a stratified random sample indicated that (1) most participants had higher evaluations for television news than for news received on the Internet; (2) a third-person effect was present in that most respondents generally thought that other people found the Internet easier to use than they did, and that other people were more likely to believe Internet information and trust the sources of Internet information than they would. Also, (3), evaluations of information on a particular web site could be increased by providing links to other web sites on the same topic. Perhaps links to other web sites may serve as either a "referencing" function or a social confirmation function to increase evaluations of web site information.
  • Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Amsbary JH; Powell L
  • Start Page

  • 191
  • End Page

  • 198
  • Volume

  • 93
  • Issue

  • 1