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An Investigation of Female Road Runners’ Information Needs and Information Behavior
Road running is now the leisure exercise that people often do and it is a type of serious leisure. It is noteworthy that the female road running population is gradually growing, but studies on leisure information behavior are scarce. This study applies qualitative research method and uses semi-structured interview for data collection to explore the possible information needs, information seeking channel, the challenges and solutions when seeking information, and information use behavior of female road runners. This study had taken interviews with 12 female road runners. From the study, it is found that the information needs of female road running participant include the information on running knowledge, sports injury and prevention, running event, running equipment, practice field, and experience sharing. Their channels of information seeking include internet, people networking, running course or seminar and books. The difficulties that female road running participants may encounter during their information seeking are imprecise retrieval results, information lacking depth, not being able to get the information, and not able to ensure the correctness of the information. Their resolution to fix any of the above-mentioned problems is to read more or seek information via another channel. Their information use behaviors include physical practice, information sharing and developing training program. In addition, they will identify the correctness of information and selected the required information by the authoritativeness of information, multiple source validation, and check against self’s experience. Conclusions for the study of the information needs and information use behavior of female road running participants: the information needs is mainly to acquire running knowledge, and internet is the major channel to seek information. Their choosing of information seeking channel is affected by the information and personal factors. When they encounter difficulties during information seeking, they would read a lot or consult another source to solve the problems. Their information use behavior is mainly physical practice, and they would evaluate the correctness of information and select the required information by the authoritativeness of information. Other strategies of evaluating information quality include multiple source validation, and check against self’s experience. Female road runners shows the quality of serious leisure, and their information behavior is primarily to acquire running knowledge, skill and expericence. Finally, this study has practical recommendations on female road runners, information provider, and promoting female road running. It is also suggested that the future study may aim at other specific road runner group as the study subject or use quantitative method for further research.
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