Do this, not that: How Teens make decisions about contradictory health information on social media

Kayla M. Booth, Eileen M. Trauth

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Abstract

In conjunction with other sources, young people use the internet to search for and interact with health information. Teens often alter their behavior based on the content they find, which may be problematic for those who use social networking sites to find fitness information in particular. Extant literature suggests there is an array of both healthy and unhealthy content on these sites, often contradicting one another. This study explores the variables that relate to the strategies teenage users employ to make decisions about the conflicting information they encounter. The results suggest that their motivations, skills, relationships with knowledgeable adults, and past experiences inform teens' strategies for navigating contradictory fitness information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAMCIS 2016: Surfing the IT Innovation Wave - 22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
StatePublished - 2016
Event22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems: Surfing the IT Innovation Wave, AMCIS 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2016Aug 14 2016

Other

Other22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems: Surfing the IT Innovation Wave, AMCIS 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/11/168/14/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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    Booth, K. M., & Trauth, E. M. (2016). Do this, not that: How Teens make decisions about contradictory health information on social media. In AMCIS 2016: Surfing the IT Innovation Wave - 22nd Americas Conference on Information Systems Association for Information Systems.