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A typology of masspersonal information seeking repertoires (MISR): Global implications for political participation and subjective well-being

Liu, JH; Zhang, RJ; Vilar, R; Milojev, P; Hakim, MA; Gil de Zuniga, H; Schumann, S; (2020) A typology of masspersonal information seeking repertoires (MISR): Global implications for political participation and subjective well-being. New Media & Society 10.1177/1461444820932556. Green open access

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Abstract

Masspersonal information seeking repertoires are a person-centered method of gaining insight into the relationship between Internet use, subjective well-being, and political participation. Through latent profile analysis, three person types were identified in two waves of stratified samples in 18 countries (N = 8352). In accord with the “augmentation hypothesis,” high levels of interpersonal contact and traditional mass media usage covaried with high Internet use for the highly engaged type, that had highest political participation and life satisfaction, political knowledge, low depressive symptoms and also high anxiety. The other two types fit the “displacement hypothesis,” where Internet-based media displaces traditional media and face-to-face communication. Compared with the digitally immersed, the traditional repertoire was more knowledgeable and politically engaged, and had better well-being. Latent transition analysis showed these repertoires were stable over 6 months. Identifying different types of people with different information seeking styles clarifies mixed results on effects of online mass media use.

Type: Article
Title: A typology of masspersonal information seeking repertoires (MISR): Global implications for political participation and subjective well-being
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1461444820932556
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444820932556
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Augmentation hypothesis, displacement hypothesis, information seeking, Internet usage, latent profile analysis, masspersonal communication, media repertoires, political participation, social media, subjective well-being
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111443
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