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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Sharing "happy" information
Author(s): Tinto, Fiona
Ruthven, Ian
Keywords: information society
human communications
user behavior
Issue Date: Oct-2016
Citation: Tinto F & Ruthven I (2016) Sharing "happy" information, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67 (10), pp. 2329-2343.
Abstract: This study focuses on the sharing of “happy” information: information that creates a sense of happiness within the individual sharing the information. We explore the range of factors motivating and impacting individuals' happy information-sharing behavior within a casual leisure context through 30 semistructured interviews. The findings reveal that the factors influencing individuals' happy information-sharing behavior are numerous, and impact each other. Most individuals considered sharing happy information important to their friendships and relationships. In various contexts the act of sharing happy information was shown to enhance the sharer's happiness.
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Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Tinto, F. and Ruthven, I. (2016), Sharing “happy” information. J Assn Inf Sci Tec, 67: 2329–2343, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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