Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu's research while affiliated with Universidad de La Laguna and other places

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Increasingly popular mobile instant messaging (MIM) apps allow users to interact anytime and anywhere with different purposes, such as coordinating work-related issues, staying in touch with people they love, or passing the time. But recent research suggests that MIM may create excessive demands on people and become a source of technostress. For ex...
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Recent changes in the media environment make it easier than ever for people to actively shape their news repertoires according to their habits, needs, and preferences. As convenient as these practices seem, they may favor the development of misperceptions such as “news finds me” perception (NFM) and make it easier for some people to disconnect from...
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Ordinary citizens are increasingly using mobile instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp for politically-related activities. Compared to other ‘semi-public’ online platforms, WhatsApp provides a more intimate and controlled environment in which users can almost simultaneously gather and share news, discuss politics, and mobilize others. Relying on t...
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The main social media platforms have been implementing strategies to minimize fake news dissemination. These include identifying, labeling, and penalizing –via news feed ranking algorithms– fake publications. Part of the rationale behind this approach is that the negative effects of fake content arise only when social media users are deceived. Once...
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The core hypothesis of the theory of agenda setting is that there is a process of transfer of salience from the media agenda to the public agenda. Since its original conception in the early 1970s, the explanatory model of ‘issue-agenda setting’ (first level) has been extended to help explain the transfer of the media’s ‘attribute agenda’ (second le...
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Recent approaches from social psychology lend support to conspiracy beliefs as a motivated form of social cognition, structured around and consistent with a higher-order belief system, which may have an impact on the way people understand their political environment and respond to it. Building on these accounts, this study examines the influence of...
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Scholarly work has placed political discussion at the center of a healthier democracy. However, this might not always be the case considering the vast amount of different discussion attributes and their effects. This study extends existing research on the influence of different discussion attributes (cognitive elaboration, network size, exposure to...
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The news industry is battling declining levels of public trust in the media and historically high levels of perceived media bias. At the same time, journalism practice has been altered, at least in part, by the norms and practices of social media. In this new environment, the audience's perception of what constitutes "good journalism" is also chang...
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Social trust has long attracted the interest of researchers across different disciplines. Most of previous studies rely on single-country data and consider only one dimension of social trust at a time (e.g., trust in science, the media or political institutions). This research extends a framework developed by the Global Trust Inventory (GTI) by dis...
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La reciprocidad, un principio social que emerge en los intercambios no negociados entre personas, es posiblemente un constructo clave en la generación de capital social. Sin embargo, pocos estudios han abordado de manera empírica esta conexión. Sobre la base de un modelo Orientación-Estímulo-Razonamiento-Orientación-Respuesta, esta investigación pr...
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Very little is known about public perceptions of journalists outside Europe and the United States. Even less is known about the role of these attitudes in sustaining civic life around the world. Using individual and country-level survey data, this study explores public attitudes of press performance and their relationship with news consumption and...
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News use and political discussion are often studied as important factors in understanding the effects of political efficacy on participation. However, measurements of external efficacy often blur distinctions between personal ability and government responsiveness. This study establishes a measure for perceptions of competence in the institutions of...
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Internal political efficacy has long been associated with news use and political discussion. Yet, as more people are inadvertently exposed to news and political discussion online, it remains unclear whether incidental news exposure also has a discursive effect on political efficacy. In a two-wave panel study, we applied the O-S-R-OR model of commun...
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With social media at the forefront of today’s media context, citizens may perceive they don’t need to actively seek news because they will be exposed to news and remain well-informed through their peers and social networks. We label this the “news-finds-me perception,” and test its implications for news seeking and political knowledge: “news-finds-...
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This article explores the role of trust in professional and alternative media as (a) antecedents of citizen news production, and (b) moderators of the effect of citizen news production on political participation. Using two-wave panel survey data collected in the United States between December 2013 and March 2014, results show that trust in citizen...
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One thriving area of research on participatory media revolves around political expression and the creation of political content. This study analyzes the connections between these behaviors, heterogeneous information networks, and ideological extremity while accounting for the role of emotional intelligence. Results from a two-wave-panel survey of U...
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While much attention has been paid to how media use and interpersonal discussion motivate people to engage in political persuasion, and despite recent efforts to study the role of digital media technologies, less is known about the creation of news and public affairs content online. This study sheds light on how online content creation works alongs...
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Citizens’ levels of mistrust toward the media, as well as their perception of media bias, have increased in past years in most Western democracies. This study explores how these negative observations on journalism may influence their use of traditional, citizen, and social media for news. Drawing on two-wave U.S. panel data, results suggest that me...
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Twitter has become the leading social media platform for journalists to break news, build a following, and interact with the public. Social media offer journalists and citizens a communication space, where they can discuss issues, provide context for the news, and foster community values. This study examines how expectations about journalistic prac...
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The media are important actors in humanitarian crisis management and resolution, both in the countries facing the crises and in the rest of the world. Based on an inductive approach to a news sample from four Spanish newspapers, this study analyses the news frames used in the coverage of countries facing humanitarian crises. Results show that, with...
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Opinion leaders can be influential in persuading their peers about news and politics, yet their potential influence has been questioned in the social media era. This study tests a theoretical model of attempts at political persuasion within social media in which highly active users (‘‘prosumers’’) consider themselves opinion leaders, which subseque...
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In 1992, after the U.S. military intervention in Somalia, the term ‘CNN effect’ was coined to refer to the media’s ability to focus international attention on a country in a critical situation. Based on a deductive approach to a news sample from four Spanish newspapers, this study examines the news agenda of countries and generic frames used in the...
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In 1992, after the U.S. military intervention in Somalia, the term 'CNN effect' was coined to refer to the media's ability to focus international attention on a country in a critical situation. Based on a deductive approach to a news sample from four Spanish newspapers, this study examines the news agenda of countries and generic frames used in the...
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Framing theory has experienced a rapid development since the mid-1960s, when it emerged in the field of sociology. Framing has become a multidisciplinary paradigm that allows the holistic study of media effects on individuals and audiences. Far from being exclusively located in the sender of information, framing is located in four elements of the c...
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The media plays an important role in relation to public service. As a result, it faces a great need for information regulation, especially in relation to major events, such as disasters and humanitarian crises. The media, however, does appear committed to solving problems related to their coverage of highly sensitive topics and events. For this stu...

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... It is well established that politically interested users consume more news, search for them more actively, and know more about politics than those with lower political interest (e.g., Möller et al., 2020;Shehata & Strömbäck, 2021;Strömbäck & Shehata, 2010). Conversely, low political interest is associated with sparse news use, increased news avoidance, and lower levels of political knowledge (e.g., Boukes, 2019;Goyanes et al., 2021). Additionally, research shows that the news-finds-me perception (the belief that one can be informed without actively using news) is more prevalent among the less politically interested (Gil de Zúñiga & Diehl, 2019; C. S. Park, 2019). ...
... In today's society, it is increasingly common to access information via social networks (Ardèvol-Abreu, Delponti & Rodríguez-Wangüemert, 2020;Díaz-Campo, Segado-Boj & Fernández-Gómez, 2021;Tandoc, Lim & Ling, 2020). In recent years, Digital News Report (Newman et al., 2018(Newman et al., , 2019(Newman et al., , 2020(Newman et al., , 2021 has confirmed the important role social networks have as an information gateway for a large share of population -particularly young people-, both deliberately when used for this purpose or incidentally through recommendations and posts from friends. ...
... Social interactions on social media networks are affecting political behaviors and making people obstinate partisans. The term obstinate partisanship was coined by Ardevol-Abreu and Gil de Zúñiga (2020) and referred to the blind, unconditional loyalty to a certain political party. The purpose of Introduction Today, the internet gives people unprecedented access to information. ...
... The capacity of the media to shape the political agenda depends on many factors. For this reason, the multiple combinations of variables such as the media studied, the subject analyzed, the criteria for selecting and measuring the political agenda, and the temporary period covered may produce different results for the research in this field of study (Ardèvol-Abreu, Gil de Zúñiga, et al., 2020). Notably, few studies on news effects have incorporated interpersonal communications into their designs and modeled the interactions between news and conversation (Tsfati & Walter, 2020). ...
... Within Social Psychology a research strand that takes an approach to conspiracy theorizing as a political attitude explored its links with political extremism and maintained that political extremists are more prone to show distrust and adopt conspiracy theories concerned with the alleged sources of socio-political problems (Krouwel et al., 2017;Van Proojien et al., 2015). Moreover, researchers have examined the relation between the readiness to participate in democratic processes and conspiracy theories, maintaining that belief in these theories may have negative consequences for democratic citizenship (Ardèvol-Abreu et al., 2020;Jolley & Douglas, 2014). ...
... Researchers have also found that when audience members engage with journalists on Twitter, perceptions of editorial bias decline (Diehl et al., 2019). Therefore, a more "personal" knowledge of a broadcaster should make them more trustworthy, unbiased sources; however, it is possible that a "personal" knowledge could have the opposite effect. ...
... Thus, one of the motivations of elderly adults in Taiwan for using LINE is to acquire and update information (e.g., news or traffic information) (Chou & Liu, 2016). More recently, Gil de Z uñiga et al. (2021) adapted previous measures of social media U&G and found WhatsApp use for political discussion to be an important antecedent of conventional participation and protest. Previous studies also suggest gender differences in this type of use such that men may be more likely to exchange "messages about politics" (Mart ınez-Comeche & Ruthven, 2021, p. 6). ...
... Since Nielsen partners with companies that employ a combination of panel and probability-based sampling methods, the limitations of web-only survey designs are minimized (Bosnjak et al., 2016). However, some parameters of the panel invites are unknown, and therefore traditional response rates are not calculated (AAPOR, 2011;[Gil de Zúñiga et al., 2019]; also see Online Appendix, Tables A1, A2, and A3). ...
... For instance, the extent to which individuals engage in interpersonal discussions about public affairs can be an important factor that influences an individual's perception toward news credibility. When people engage in a discussion about public affairs, they will likely exchange information, thoughts, and perceptions about social norms (Ardèvol-Abreu et al., 2018;Kincaid, 2004). Such activity not only spurs further civic/political engagement (e.g., Cho et al., 2009;Nah & Yamamoto, 2019;Shah et al., 2005) but also plays a crucial role in building social capital, such as trust to individuals, organizations, and institutions such that these entities will cooperate in the pursuit of the common good for society (Ardèvol-Abreu et al., 2018). ...
... Political attitudes are in fact formed as citizens are exposed to political information or interpretations about public affairs (Eveland, 2004;Kim et al., 2018). For instance, when citizens watch a political TV program, read a newspaper or discuss politics with friends or acquaintances, their interest about a particular issue may increase or decrease according to their perceptual, cognitive, emotional or behavioral responses (Gil de Zúñiga, Diehl, and Ardèvol-Abreu, 2018). Through all these mechanisms citizens form and develop a particular political attitude, which is also subject to change virtue of further exposition and cognitive elaboration on political talks, conversations, or readings. ...