Media consumption for information about Covid-19 during lockdown in Spain: the influence of demographic variables, focus-alertness reaction and emotions
Title (trans.)Consumo de medios para obtener información sobre la Covid-19 durante el confinamiento en España: influencia de variables demográficas, de alerta-focalización y emocionales
EntityUAM. Departamento de Psicología Social y Metodología
10.1080/02109395.2021.1950459Studies in Psychology 42.3 (2021): 493-516
SubjectsCovid-19; focus-alertness; media consumption; negative emotional reaction; quarantine; Psicología
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This research analyses how sex, age, focus-alertness and emotional responses to the pandemic influenced media consumption for information about Covid-19 during lockdown in Spain. A sample of 1,981 participants were surveyed during the first two months of lockdown, specifically from 13 March to 12 May 2020. The sample was composed of 71.3% females and was aged between 18 and 72 (M = 35.37; SD = 12.71). The results showed that older people chose conventional media (e.g., radio) to find information about coronavirus, while younger people preferred social media (e.g., Instagram). More females than males chose written social media such as WhatsApp, as well as ‘face-to-face’ interaction. The results showed that the best predictors of media consumption for information about the pandemic were focus-alertness and negative emotional reactions to Covid-19; the greater the alertness and negative emotional reaction, the greater media consumption. Age and time in lockdown were also relevant variables, but to a lesser degree, such that the older the person and the longer in lockdown, the less media consumed
Google Scholar:Fernandez, Itziar - Caballero González, Amparo - Muñoz Cáceres, María Dolores - Carrera Levillain, Pilar
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