Academic researchers recently looked at the re-sharing of content on social network sites (SNS) and how the perception of the three dimensions of information quality—reliability, relevance, and enjoyment—can influence users’ intention to reshare that same content on SNSs.

The study was conducted by Dr. Mehrdad Koohikamali, assistant professor in the School of Business at the University of Redlands, and Dr. Anna Sidorova, associate professor of information technology and decision sciences at University of North Texas.

“During extreme events such as shootings, social crisis, and natural disasters, most users do not have direct access to real information,” Koohikamali said. “Because people want to react and fill in the blanks, they tend to spread information rapidly no matter whether or not the news is true or false and the source is trustworthy or not. Results of this careless and sporadic behavior can go beyond the online context and have several negative impacts on the society, physically and psychologically.”

Research findings indicate most social media users do not invest time in analyzing the information content and source before re-sharing it, Koohikamali said. “The enjoyment dimension of information quality, however, is a significant predictor of resharing on SNSs. We also found people who have higher risk-taking propensities tend to reshare information more frequently due to some personal motives such as online reputation.”

Story Amplify’s Take

“We believe well-meaning companies are leading a lot of opportunity on the table by not taking advantage of their content by leveraging all social media channels,” said Trey Robinson, Managing Partner at Theme Communications. “Researchers, like the ones above, are just scratching the surface when it comes to the impact that social media can have on a company’s bottom line.”