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If internet credibility is so iffy, then why the heavy use? The relationship between medium use and credibility.

Student Researcher(s)

Carmen Stavrositu (Ph.D Candidate)

Faculty Supervisor

Dr. S. Shyam Sundar


The relationship between medium use and credibility has been unexplored.


Just because we use the Internet extensively, does it mean we think it is very credible?


This study uses a large survey (N = 1089)


Results reveal that Internet credibility is predicted by both Internet and newspaper use, as well as by Internet use for information purposes, but not by Internet use for entertainment purposes. One could be using the Internet mostly for entertainment, disregarding the medium’s credibility. Even if one is using the Internet for information, one probably seeks validation and corroboration from more traditional sources such as newspapers. In which case, newspaper use appears to predict both one’s Internet use and perceptions of Internet credibility.


Extensive use the Internet does not necessarily lead to credibility.

For more details regarding the study contact

Dr. S. Shyam Sundar by e-mail at or by telephone at (814) 865-2173

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