Avoiding real news, believing in fake news? Investigating pathways from information overload to misbelief

Edson C. Tandoc, Hye Kyung Kim

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Abstract

This study sought to examine the potential role of news avoidance in belief in COVID-19 misinformation. Using two-wave panel survey data in Singapore, we found that information overload is associated with news fatigue as well as with difficulty in analyzing information. News fatigue and analysis paralysis also subsequently led to news avoidance, which increased belief in COVID-19 misinformation. However, this link is present only among those who are frequently exposed to misinformation about COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1192
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Singapore Ministry of Education and Singapore Social Science Research Council (MOE2018-SSRTG-022).

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2022.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • fake news
  • information overload
  • misinformation
  • news avoidance

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