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University of Texas Study Shows 'Sharing on Social Media Makes Us Overconfident in Our Knowledge'

Susan M. Broniarczyk, professor of marketing; Adrian Ward, assistant professor of marketing; and Frank Zheng, a marketing doctoral alum, all from the University of Texas–Austin’s McCombs School of Business, found in a recent set of studies that, per a news release, “Sharing news articles with friends and followers on social media can prompt people to think they know more about the articles’ topics than they actually do. … Social media sharers believe that they are knowledgeable about the content they share, even if they have not read it or have only glanced at a headline. Sharing can create this rise in confidence because by putting information online, sharers publicly commit to an expert identity. Doing so shapes their sense of self, helping them to feel just as knowledgeable as their post makes them seem.”

The studies’ results are published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

For more information, read the news release.



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