Taming the Information Tide: Perceptions of Information Overload in the American Home

  title={Taming the Information Tide: Perceptions of Information Overload in the American Home},
  author={E. Hargittai and W. Neuman and Olivia Curry},
  journal={The Information Society},
  pages={161 - 173}
  • E. Hargittai, W. Neuman, Olivia Curry
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • The Information Society
  • This study reports on new media adopters’ perceptions of and reactions to the shift from push broadcasting and headlines to the pull dynamics of online search. From a series of focus groups with adults from around the United States we find three dominant themes: (1) Most feel empowered and enthusiastic, not overloaded; (2) evolving forms of social networking represent a new manifestation of the two-step flow of communication; and (3) although critical of partisan “yellers” in the media… CONTINUE READING
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