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Disinformation and Responsibility in Young People in Spain during the COVID-19 Era

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Departamento Ciencias de la Comunicación y Sociología, Facultad Ciencias de la Comunicación, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28943 Madrid, Spain
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Departamento de Periodismo, Facultad de Comunicación, CEU San Pablo University, 28003 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Belén Puebla-Martínez, Jorge Gallardo-Camacho, Carmen Marta-Lazo and Luis Miguel Romero-Rodríguez
Publications 2021, 9(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications9030040
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 10 August 2021 / Accepted: 26 August 2021 / Published: 29 August 2021
This paper analyzes the main variables that determine the relationship between disinformation and youth responsibility during the latest stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain (from April to June 2021). Are young people keeping well informed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain? Are the youth behaving responsibly? This document presents several results regarding these questions. In our introduction, we establish a theoretical framework for the following concepts: disinformation, responsibility, credibility, and youth responsibility variables. Our primary interest is in communication factors. The applied methods are a reference review of the national and international literature surrounding this subject and qualitative opinion research conducted through discussion groups with young university students from private and public communication schools in Madrid. A recent study, held in June 2021, provides valuable material for this paper. The main results and findings are as follows: not being satisfied with the information received about COVID-19; knowledge about the most credible news sources; the connection between information and responsibility; and the solutions that are claimed to more responsible in this context by various youth participants. In conclusion, this paper confirms the first hypothesis of considering disinformation as a variable that causes a lack of personal responsibility among youths in complying with public health expectations. Regarding the second hypothesis, we verify that young people consider communication one of the main solutions for being more responsible. In other words, when presented with more information about COVID-19 they feel more aware of the disease. View Full-Text
Keywords: disinformation; responsibility in young people in Spain; COVID-19; credibility; social effects; communication solutions disinformation; responsibility in young people in Spain; COVID-19; credibility; social effects; communication solutions
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Farfán, J.; Mazo, M.E. Disinformation and Responsibility in Young People in Spain during the COVID-19 Era. Publications 2021, 9, 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications9030040

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Farfán J, Mazo ME. Disinformation and Responsibility in Young People in Spain during the COVID-19 Era. Publications. 2021; 9(3):40. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications9030040

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Farfán, Juana, and María E. Mazo 2021. "Disinformation and Responsibility in Young People in Spain during the COVID-19 Era" Publications 9, no. 3: 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications9030040

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