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Basic Human Motives for Gathering Information Online

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This paper discusses basic human motives for gathering information online. With a critical review of the uses and gratifications approach, this paper concludes that this approach does not adequately address the basic underlying motivations for information gathering on the Internet. The uses and gratifications approach appears to fail to address both the distinctive features of the Internet and the theoretical grounds. While this approach might be useful in explaining adoption of the Internet as a functional alternative, it is not useful in investigating underlying motives for gathering information within the medium. Based upon a thorough review of a wide range of literature on motivations for information seeking, this paper suggests two basic human motives for gathering information: accuracy and preservation. These goals should be understood as the driving force for the flow of information selection on the Web.

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information gathering, motivations, uses and gratifications
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Kim, Young Mie. "Basic Human Motives for Gathering Information Online" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111356_index.html>

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Kim, Y. , 2003-05-27 "Basic Human Motives for Gathering Information Online" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111356_index.html

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Abstract: This paper discusses basic human motives for gathering information online. With a critical review of the uses and gratifications approach, this paper concludes that this approach does not adequately address the basic underlying motivations for information gathering on the Internet. The uses and gratifications approach appears to fail to address both the distinctive features of the Internet and the theoretical grounds. While this approach might be useful in explaining adoption of the Internet as a functional alternative, it is not useful in investigating underlying motives for gathering information within the medium. Based upon a thorough review of a wide range of literature on motivations for information seeking, this paper suggests two basic human motives for gathering information: accuracy and preservation. These goals should be understood as the driving force for the flow of information selection on the Web.

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