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Disinformation and responsibility in young people during the Covid-19 era

Version 1 : Received: 30 June 2021 / Approved: 30 June 2021 / Online: 30 June 2021 (13:05:53 CEST)

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Farfán, J.; Mazo, M.E. Disinformation and Responsibility in Young People in Spain during the COVID-19 Era. Publications 2021, 9, 40. Farfán, J.; Mazo, M.E. Disinformation and Responsibility in Young People in Spain during the COVID-19 Era. Publications 2021, 9, 40.

Journal reference: Publications 2021, 9, 40
DOI: 10.3390/publications9030040


This paper analyzes the main variables which determines the relation between disinformation and the youth responsibility during the last stage of Covid-19 pandemic in Spain. The document presents relevant results on this subject. At the Introduction the reader will find the theoretical framework of the following concepts: disinformation, responsibility, credibility, and youth responsibility variables. The greatest interest, considering the authors specialization, falls in communication factors. The methods applied had been the reference review of the literature found about this subject, as well as a qualitative opinion research through discussion groups with young University students from Communication Schools in Madrid, both public and private. This recent study, held in June 2021, provide a very rich material for this paper. The main results and findings are the facts of being not satisfied with the information received about Covid-19; the knowledge about their most credible sources; the connection between information and responsibility, and some of the solutions said by youth to be more responsible in this context. As a conclusion, this paper confirms the first hypothesis of considering the disinformation as a variable which causes the lack of youth responsibility. Regarding the second hypothesis it is checked that young people consider communication as a solution for being more responsible.


Disinformation; Responsibility in young people; Covid-19; Credibility; Social effects; Communication solutions.


SOCIAL SCIENCES, Education Studies

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