Acceptance of health messages conveyed by parasocial opinion leaders on twitter among followers

Chew, Saw Teck and Emma Mohamad, and Sabariah Mohamed Salleh, (2021) Acceptance of health messages conveyed by parasocial opinion leaders on twitter among followers. Jurnal Komunikasi ; Malaysian Journal of Communication, 37 (4). pp. 104-121. ISSN 0128-1496


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Social media does not only provide a space for individuals to communicate, but it also encourages individuals to find and share health information. This situation has led to a change in the patterns and functions of health opinion leaders that exist on social media. Health opinion leaders influence media users by sharing and delivering health information and are capable of fostering parasocial relationships with media users. Therefore, it is essential to investigate the process by which parasocial opinion leaders shape health messages on social media. In correspondence, this study sought to understand the level of acceptance of health messages among Twitter users of the information tweeted by parasocial opinion leaders. In-depth interviews were conducted on 25 followers of parasocial health opinion leaders on Twitter. This study found that the formation of health messages and information conveyed by parasocial health opinion leaders could influence their followers. Four forms of message reception were identified in this study: 1) information and complexity reduction (a description, information delivery style, information sharing, information, and health literacy, and correction of information and mythical perceptions), 2) health orientation, 3) stimulation of interest, and 4) strengthening of the image and ethics of professionalism. Additionally, this study also discovered that media users perceived health opinion leaders as mentors, family members, friends, and idols.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Health communication; Opinion leader; Parasocial opinion leaders; Parasocial relationship; Social media
Journal:Jurnal Komunikasi ; Malaysian Journal of Communication
ID Code:18711
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:26 May 2022 04:00
Last Modified:31 May 2022 08:43

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