Selective exposure is a popular research construct, but the strategies used to operationalize ideologically congruent exposure in contemporary correlational research are problematic. This article offers a novel approach, asking people directly about their tendency to seek information that is ideologically congruent with their opinions. A new measure for the tendency toward congruent selective exposure is proposed and was tested on three different data sets. In all three studies, confirmatory factor analysis revealed a two-factor model, with one factor representing the tendency to select congruent information and the other representing the tendency to avoid incongruent information.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||International Journal of Communication|
|State||Published - 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Studies 1 and 2 were funded by the Israel Science Foundation [Grant #477/11]. Study 3 was funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology [Grant #3-8784].
© 2016 (Yariv Tsfati).
- Confirmation bias
- Selective avoidance
- Selective exposure
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