Millennials wary of Twitter

Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 10:10am IST | Agency: ANI

A new research has indicated young adults have a healthy mistrust of the information on Twitter.

Lead investigator Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.

The study participants were college students, average age 19, from the so-called "Millennial Generation." Twitter, with 230 million users, is most popular among 18- to 29-year-olds.

Fenn and MSU colleagues showed 74 undergraduates a series of images on a computer that depicted a story of a man robbing a car. False information about the story was then presented in a scrolling text feed that bore a high resemblance to Twitter or in a feed from a more traditional online source.

The researchers tested whether the students integrated the bogus information into their minds, which psychologists call false memory.

The results showed that when the participants read the Twitter feed, they were much less likely to form false memories about the story.

Fenn said the students were more mistrustful of the Twitter feed than they were of the more traditional feed.

The study has been published in the journal Springer's journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.


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