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Peer influence, risk propensity and fear of missing out in sharing misinformation on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic

conference contribution
posted on 06.04.2021, 22:41 authored by Ryan Ebardo, Josephine De La Cuesta, Jypzie Catedrilla, Santoso WibowoSantoso Wibowo
Widespread misinformation on social media is high, and this is made worse during a public health crisis. While literature on technological solutions to combat misinformation abounds, limited studies have investigated the psychology behind why misinformation is in rapid diffusion in this digital platform. Using a sample of 209 students, we tested the relationships of peer influence, risk propensity and fear of missing out on the behavioral intention to share misinformation on Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis of the results supported prior literature that peer influence and fear of missing out has a positive influence on the behavioral intention to share misinformation on social media. While risk propensity has a positive influence on sharing misinformation, this cannot be supported at a significant level. We conclude this paper by discussing the implications of our study to academic policies on formal and informal disaster education while highlighting the limitations of the study to provide directions for future scholarly endeavors.

History

Editor

So H-J; Rodrigo MM; Mason J; Mitrovic A

Volume

1

Start Page

351

End Page

359

Number of Pages

9

Start Date

23/11/2020

Finish Date

27/11/2020

ISBN-13

9789869721455

Location

Online

Publisher

Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education

Place of Publication

Online

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

José Rizal University, Asia Pacific College, Mindanao State University Philippines

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

The 28th International Conference on Computers in Education

Parent Title

28th International Conference on Computers in Education Conference Proceedings Volume I