What publics do online matters: Internet use and political information behaviors

Jarim Kim, Yesolran Kim

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Purpose: This study aimed to examine the relationships between different uses of Internet modes and political participation, focusing on political information behaviors, including political information seeking and forwarding. Design/methodology/approach: This study used secondary data from the 2016 Korea Media Panel Survey conducted with 8,439 Korean adults. Findings: The results indicated that political participation is generally associated with the use of online news forums, online communities, online services and online information production, but not with the use of social networking sites (SNSs). Additional analyses revealed that the use of different Internet modes has an indirect effect on voting intention through political information seeking. The analysis also showed that a number of sociodemographic characteristics influence political participation. Originality/value: As one of the first studies to focus on active information behaviors in examining the influence of Internet use, this study enhances the understanding of how human behaviors are shaped by digital technology. By providing guidelines for the use of different modes of the Internet, the findings of this study also have practical implications for efforts to encourage political participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-885
Number of pages19
JournalOnline Information Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug 16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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