• A study of information behaviour in the Fantasy Premier League community

    Author(s):
    Daniel Whittaker (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Subculture, Fans (Persons), Information behavior, Library science, Information science, Sports
    Item Type:
    Dissertation
    Institution:
    City, University of London
    Tag(s):
    pdf, Fandom, Information behaviour, Library and information science, Sport
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/tt4d-0d88
    Abstract:
    Introduction Using Stebbins’ concept of ‘serious leisure’ and Savolainen’s concept of everyday life information seeking’, this study investigates the information behaviour of Fantasy Premier League players and explores the role the online fan community plays in this behaviour. Method A mixed method approach was taken which included a questionnaire and semi structured interviews. 115 questionnaire responses were collected, and 8 interviews were conducted by videocall. Participants were asked to describe their information practices and the sources they used each week. Analysis Qualitative analysis was conducted on the interview transcripts and triangulation occurred with the results of the questionnaire. Results Results show a preference for distinctive information behaviours, a preference for informal sources and differences between casual players and those active in the online community. The role of Twitter in the information behaviour of players was notable. Conclusions The study shows that players use exhibit distinctive and sophisticated information behaviours and that online communities are increasingly important sites of information in serious leisure contexts.
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    8 months ago
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