Enforced versus Voluntary Social Isolation and User’s Interaction with Online News

Khobzi, Hamid (8 July 2022). Enforced versus Voluntary Social Isolation and User’s Interaction with Online News. In: Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2022 Proceedings.

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COVID-19 has caused severe damage to all nations across the world. Some governments enforced strict regional or nationwide lockdowns to control the spread of the virus. Other factors such as infodemic have also affected individuals. Accordingly, this empirical study investigates the impact of enforced social isolation on individuals’ interaction with online news and their emotional expressions as opposed to voluntary social isolation. This paper tackles the investigation using a natural experiment design and data from the Facebook pages of major local news media from two countries with opposing social isolation strategies. The findings show that enforced social isolation leads to a lower level of interaction with online news. Results further show individuals are more likely to express their anger while the other types of emotions are likely to be expressed less in a lockdown. This paper presents important contributions and implications.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Engineering
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Khobzi, Hamid

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

Language:

English

Submitter:

Hamid Khobzi

Date Deposited:

08 Jul 2022 11:33

Last Modified:

08 Jul 2022 11:33

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/171192

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/171192

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