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Patterns of Information Sharing Among Inner and Outer Social Circles

Justin W. Owens, A. D. Shaikh, & B. S. Chaparro Summary. With the proliferation of social networking applications, sharing information online has become more common for information that users encounter. This article summarizes the results of an online survey which

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Creatures of Habit or Convenience? Users Still Use Browser Bookmarks and Email to Save Information

J. Owens, A. D. Shaikh, & B. Chaparro Summary. As users browse or search the Internet for information, it is not uncommon for them to save URLs or links for future reference or share a link with a friend or

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Password Security: What Users Know and What They Actually Do

By Shannon Riley Summary. This study investigated the common password generation practices of online users. Three hundred and fifteen undergraduate and graduate students completed a survey querying (1) the types and number of different password protected accounts maintained; (2) actual

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Is Multiple-Column Online Text Better? It Depends!

By J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study investigated the effects of multi-column displays and justification on reading performance and satisfaction of an online narrative passage. Participants read a short story displayed in one of six formats (one, two, or three

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The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News

By A. Dawn Shaikh Summary: This study examined the effects of line length on reading speed, comprehension, and user satisfaction of online news articles. Twenty college-age students read news articles displayed in 35, 55, 75, or 95 characters per line

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