News Consumption and Sharing Behaviors of Individuals in the Post-truth Era

ÜNAL Y., ŞENCAN İ., Kurbanoğlu S.

7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021, Virtual, Online, 20 - 23 September 2021, vol.1533 CCIS, pp.16-28 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1533 CCIS
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-99885-1_2
  • City: Virtual, Online
  • Page Numbers: pp.16-28
  • Keywords: Critical thinking, Fake news, News behavior, News consumption, News literacy, Post-truth
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.In the post-truth era, where ambiguous information proliferates and social media facilitates its speedy dissemination, manipulation through mis/disinformation becomes widespread. A functioning democracy relies on well-informed citizens who are equipped with critical thinking, information literacy as well as news literacy skills which are necessary to sort true information/news from false. Preparation of an adequate news literacy training programme, on the other hand, requires an understanding of news consumption behaviour as well as the gaps in the skills of the target group. This study aims to investigate news consumption and sharing behaviour of university students in Turkey. Findings seem to be in line with global news consumption behaviours of young people and indicate a need for a well planned training programme which specifically addresses news verification techniques and methods.