Alternative sources use and misinformation exposure and susceptibility : The curvilinear moderation effects of socioeconomic status

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Original languageEnglish
Article number101819
Journal / PublicationTelematics and Informatics
Volume70
Online published21 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

Abstract

In an era of post-truth, the rise of alternative information sources is often blamed for the spread of misinformation. This study responds to a call for rediscovering the role of socioeconomic status (SES) by investigating the quadratic moderation effects of SES on associations between the use of alternative sources and misinformation exposure and susceptibility. Poisson regression models were fitted with the data coming from an online survey with 955 Chinese respondents. Findings show that the moderation effects are quadratic when income, rather than educational attainment, serves as the measurement of SES. The implications of the findings with respect to overeducation, income's cognitive effects, and the non-equivalence of SES's common measures in studies of media effects are discussed.

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  • Socioeconomic status, Alternative sources, Media effects, Moderation, KNOWLEDGE GAP HYPOTHESIS, SOCIAL NETWORKS, ATTITUDINAL AMBIVALENCE, POLITICAL TRUST, MASS-MEDIA, FAKE NEWS, CHINA, OVEREDUCATION, VARIABLES, EDUCATION