Question 1: Credibility Importance
Evaluation of credibility of a website is crucial for believability since there are billions of people around the world and are connected to the internet, how do you know what information is believable or not. That’s what Credibility is, it is believability it’s how believable the website or information is, the two major components credibility comes from are trustworthiness and expertise. To evaluate an information we need to know how trustworthy it is, is the source true, fair and unbiased and the perceived knowledge, skill and expertise on the topic. (Fogg, 2003). As we all know, thanks to the internet we can get information from the internet every day and for everything, work, studies, hobbies, etc. more easily than ever. Though questions have been raised by scholars about why and how people use the source (Go, You, Jung & Shim, 2016). Deception is an everyday thing though it has only been recent, researchers started to investigate deception through computer-mediated communication (CMC). Since the internet, daily communications is more often now, and we need to know that there is little reason that deception through CMC is any less than what occurs face to face (George, Giordano & Tilley, 2016). For example as a university student, I need to know what resources is credible or not for my researches and essays, etc. Without knowing what source is credible, how do I know that my paper is going to be reliable?
Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the World Wide Web. In Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do (pp. 122‐125). Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
George, J. F., Giordano, G., & Tilley, P. A. (2016). Website credibility and deceiver credibility: Expanding prominence-interpretation theory. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 83-93. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.065
Go, E., You, K. H., Jung, E., & Shim, H. (2016). Why do we use different types of websites and assign them different levels of credibility? Structural relations among users’ motives, types of websites, information credibility, and trust in the press. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 231-239. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.046