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The Dependence of the Egyptian Public on News Websites to Obtain Information About Vaccines Against the Emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Abstract

This research objectivizes to reveal Egyptian public`s dependency upon number of Egyptian and international news websites (in Arabic) to access to information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and the stimulus of choice to these websites as a source of information. The research depends upon the hypothesis of media dependency theory, it was implemented on purposive sample of 209 individuals using electronic questionnaire. Besides, the interview guide implemented on 12 cases. The research demonstrated that 71.7% of the sample depend upon these websites as a source of information-especially Youm7, and B.B.C. Arabic- and revealed the impact of dependency on these websites on the public's knowledge, affective and behavioral aspects, moreover, the research examined the educational level impact on some of these aspects, particularly those related to the importance of adhering to precautionary measures after vaccination, furthermore the findings demonstrated the influence of religious factors and residence on some cognitive, emotional and behavioral aspects resulting from dependency of media. The research also highlighted various mechanisms of developing news service, such as content enhancement with more statics and constantly updating them, and the significance of neutrally covering all perspectives of the issue, which most Egyptian news websites lack, it is associated with perspective of dependency theory regarding the relationship between media and prevailing political.

DOI 10.11648/j.ss.20231206.18
Published in Social Sciences (Volume 12, Issue 6, December 2023)
Page(s) 326-338
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Keywords

Infodemic, Misleading Information, New Media, Social Media, COVID-19, Pandemic, Rumors

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