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Parenting Information Needs and Information Anxieties of Taiwan Preschool Children’s Parents
In the age of information technology, information keep increasing, its channels become diversifying, information become clear, and easy to acquire. This researching is for investigating how the parents of preschool children acquire necessary information for bringing up their children by using surrounding information channels. Do these plentiful information or diversifying channels satisfy parents’ demands? Or trap them in “the predicament of choice”, and make them apprehensive. In addition, different information sources (e.g., friends, Internet, and books) will bring to different answers. However, do these sources themselves bring different level of trust or emotional dependence? Or solely for the knowledge providing and acquiring? We use qualitative interviews for this researching, and invite ten participants for interviews. The results indicated that, the demand for the parents of preschool children can be classified as immediate and deferred demands during the parenting procedure. The parents of preschool children will solve different information problems by using different channels according to their personal experiences, social net, and information environment. The popular sources includes the word of mouth between friends and relatives, books, professional hospitality specialist, internet, television, parenting magazines, etc.. Internet is the most popular information channels for interviewed participants. Sources from Internet can be further categorized into Q&A, discussion board, search engine, etc.. Another discovering is, too many information channels does make parents apprehensive. On the other hand, we also discover that partial parents are good in choosing suitable channels to reduce their anxiety among all channels. Besides, parents will solve their anxiety in priority for those unsolved information anxiety. In other words, the information anxiety which parents aim to ease is not completely yielded to parenting problems.
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