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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2013 Oct;16(10):753-60. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2011.0605. Epub 2013 Jun 20.

Message framing in social networking sites.

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1 Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, National Hsinchu University of Education , Hsinchu City, Taiwan .

Abstract

Online social networking sites represent significant new opportunities for Internet advertisers. However, results based on the real world cannot be generalized to all virtual worlds. In this research, the moderating effects of need for cognition (NFC) and knowledge were applied to examine the impact of message framing on attitudes toward social networking sites. A total of 216 undergraduates participated in the study. Results reveal that for social networking sites, while high-NFC individuals form more favorable attitudes toward negatively framed messages than positively framed messages, low-NFC individuals form more favorable attitudes toward positively framed messages than negatively framed messages. In addition, low-knowledge individuals demonstrate more favorable attitudes toward negatively framed messages than positively framed messages; however, the framing effect does not differentially affect the attitudes of high-knowledge individuals. Furthermore, the framing effect does not differentially affect the attitudes of high-NFC individuals with high knowledge. In contrast, low-NFC individuals with low knowledge hold more favorable attitudes toward positively framed messages than negatively framed messages.

PMID:
23786169
DOI:
10.1089/cyber.2011.0605
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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