- 信州大学人文科学論集 = Shinshu studies in humanities (ISSN:24238910)
- no.7, pp.71-86, 2020-03
In order to examine relationships between Twitter use and pseudoscientific beliefs, we conducted two online surveys of individuals in a wide age range and received 2,879 answers. The analysis of these answers suggested that Twitter use and pseudoscientific beliefs are closely related to each other but that their interaction varies according to Twitter viewing frequency and purposes, the kind of pseudoscientific beliefs in question, and Twitter user's information-processing style. In general, some of those who use Twitter very often and rely on their intuition tend to believe in a certain kind of pseudoscientific beliefs. In the surveys, we also requested to describe what kind of pseudoscientific beliefs are the most familiar and pseudoscientific beliefs regarding medical and health care are most often named.