Sharing "happy" information

Fiona Tinto, Ian Ruthven

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This study focusses on the sharing of ‘happy’ information; information that creates a sense of happiness within the individual sharing the information. We explore the range of factors motivating and impacting upon individuals' happy information sharing behaviour within a casual leisure context through 30 semi-structured interviews. The findings reveal that the factors influencing individuals’ happy information sharing behaviour are numerous, and impact upon each other. Most individuals considered sharing happy information important to their friendships and relationships. In various contexts the act of sharing happy information was shown to enhance the sharer’s happiness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2329-2343
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue number10
Early online date28 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016


  • happy information
  • happiness
  • information sharing behaviour


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