Demographic Factors in the Disaster-Related Information Seeking Behaviour

Rahmi Rahmi, Hideo Joho

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Although demographics are important factors in the investigation of disaster studies, existing work on disaster-related information seeking behaviour (ISB) does not offer quantitative insight into the relationship between them. This paper investigates the demographic factors such as age, gender, location, and occupation, and their relationship with information needs, information sources, and information channels. Content analysis was performed on the testimony of 262 people who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. The results suggest that a large effect was observed between (1) age and active information needs and (2) gender and information sources. Our findings can be useful for designing policies and programmes at risk of major disaster events as they offer multiple ideas about how to optimise disaster-coping plans for diverse communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiversity, Divergence, Dialogue - 16th International Conference, iConference 2021, Proceedings
EditorsKatharina Toeppe, Hui Yan, Samuel Kai Chu
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783030713041
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021 - Beijing, China
Duration: 17 Mar 202131 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12646 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021


  • Demographic factors
  • Disaster-related information seeking behaviour


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