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The Study on Public-Interest Short Message Service (SMS) in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobile User Survey and Content Analysis

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School of Journalism and Communication, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
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School of Physical Education, Shandong University, Jinan 250061, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7915; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157915
Received: 12 June 2021 / Revised: 22 July 2021 / Accepted: 22 July 2021 / Published: 26 July 2021
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has greatly threatened the global health system and triggered the public health emergency. In order to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare and prevention information have been delivered through omni-media channels (e.g., television, radio, social platform, etc.). As a traditional outlet, the short message service (SMS) can timely provide abundant anti-epidemic alerts to mobile users. In this paper, we aim to investigate mobile users’ attitudes toward COVID-19 public-interest SMS sent from government authorities and then explore the insight from messaging texts collected between January and April 2020 in China. In general, respondents show a positive attitude towards content and the necessity of public-interest SMS during the pandemic. However, we find that gender and age differences not only affect content evaluation, but also influence reading and forwarding behaviors. For the necessity of SMS, it shows significant difference between the 18–25-year-old and over 40-year-old group, with the middle and elder group showing serious attitudes and giving higher remarks than the youth due to the habits of media usage. However no significant difference is presented between females and males. In terms of content, the category of topics and releasing institutions are analyzed, respectively. Due to the centralized responses and coordination of prevention and control in China, the messages from COVID-19 disposal organizations (e.g., municipal steering group and provincial CDC) account for more than 70% among four cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; public-interest short message service; epidemic prevention and healthcare; demographic difference; content analysis COVID-19; public-interest short message service; epidemic prevention and healthcare; demographic difference; content analysis
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Yu, Z.; Liu, Y.; Yu, Y.; Han, H.; Li, Y. The Study on Public-Interest Short Message Service (SMS) in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobile User Survey and Content Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7915. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157915

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Yu Z, Liu Y, Yu Y, Han H, Li Y. The Study on Public-Interest Short Message Service (SMS) in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobile User Survey and Content Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):7915. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157915

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Yu, Zhiyuan, Yanghongyun Liu, Yongan Yu, Hongju Han, and Yalin Li. 2021. "The Study on Public-Interest Short Message Service (SMS) in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobile User Survey and Content Analysis" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 7915. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157915

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