Platform and Proximity: Audience Responses to Crime News on Desktop Computers and Smartphones

Di Zhu, Erika K. Johnson, Paul Bolls

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Abstract

This study explored how geographical proximity of news stories (local or international news stories) and bodily proximity of news platforms (reading news on a smartphone or desktop computer) affects people’s cognitive and emotional processing of news messages. The results suggested that geographical and bodily proximity interact to affect individuals’ attentional engagement with the news messages. Reading crime news that happens in a distant location on smartphones resulted in greater heart rate deceleration and self-perceived engagement, as compared to reading those stories on desktop computers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-458
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020

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