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Subject/Keyword
online identity
online dating
critical appraisal
online how-to
heuristic judgment
online reviews
information literacy
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Saleh, Jamal
Supervisor and department
Varnhagen, Connie (Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Varnhagen, Connie (Psychology)
Dawson, Michael (Psychology)
Engel, Maureen (Office of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Westbury, Chris (Psychology)
Department
Department of Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-09-28T18:27:44Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Online communication has spread into myriad forms in the new millennium, providing more opportunity for misinformation and deceit. In this study, Web users were asked for their personal estimates of authorial age, gender, and veracity for several examples of Web media, as well as on what media elements the participants used to reach their estimates. In a follow-up study, these elements experimentally manipulated. These manipulations changed participant estimates of authorial age and gender, but not authorial veracity, suggesting that participants cannot accurately identify cues in Web content that indicate veracity. Poorly appraising Web media on its veracity is consistent with previous research, suggesting that Web users do not pay much attention to aspects of Web content that suggest the content is informative or honest – relevant to psychologists, educators, and Web content creators.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3V40K724
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