Applying “Negativity Bias” to Twitter: Negative News on Twitter, Emotions, and Political Learning

  title={Applying “Negativity Bias” to Twitter: Negative News on Twitter, Emotions, and Political Learning},
  author={Chang Sup Park},
  journal={Journal of Information Technology \& Politics},
  pages={342 - 359}
  • C. S. Park
  • Published 2 October 2015
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Information Technology & Politics
ABSTRACT This study examined the effects of negative news on Twitter users’ emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses. Four hundred twenty subjects participated in an online experiment and read 10 news stories, modified as Twitter newsfeed. The results show that news negativity had a significant effect on anger and disgust. A significant link was found between exposure to negative news and information seeking. The impact of news negativity on emotions and political learning was moderated… Expand
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