Internet technology has made possible the widespread dissemination of individualized media messages, but we know very little about their psychological import. A betweensubjects experiment (N = 60) with three levels of customization (low, medium, high) was designed to examine whether greater levels of personalized content engender more positive attitudes. The results not only confirm this hypothesis but also reveal the mediating role played by users' perceptions of relevance, involvement, interactivity, and novelty of portal content. In addition, customization has behavioral effects in that it affects users' browsing activity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language