Purpose – This paper describes one of the preliminary results from interviews conducted as part of a larger study entitled Examining the Role of Peer and Family Influences on Information Seeking Behaviour.
Design/methodology/approach – The principal method of data collection was 38 semi-structured critical incident interviews, based on an interview guide and a short questionnaire to collect factual data. Some social network analysis of interviewees’ information sources is considered. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis were used to code the interview transcripts. A naturalistic approach to everyday information seeking is taken.
Findings – One of the preliminary findings of this research is that the notion of a new type of information has emerged – disposable information. A new type of information seeking behaviour is also suggested here for disposable Information – disposable information seeking. Disposable information is task-specific and likely to only be required by an individual on a one-off basis, causing different everyday life Information seeking (ELIS) patterns to emerge. Ultimately, people are only prepared to expend effort to get quality information if they perceive a value or further, continued use for that information.
Research limitations/implications – Because of the research location and participant population, the results may lack transferability. Further research into this area is advised.
Practical implications – The paper has implications about how people may search for and use information in certain situations where information is perceived as relevant to a particular task but unlikely to be needed in the future.
Originality/value – This paper introduces the new concept of disposable information and disposable information seeking behaviour.
- disposable information
- information seeking behaviour
- information behaviour
- principle of least effort