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Broad scanning, fast surfing and deep diving

So far in this book we have put personality traits to the forefront and discussed their influence on information behavior. In the following we will look at this relation from the opposite perspective, namely by examining common ways to interact with information and connecting these to individual differences.

It has been found that the way a person has approached information-seeking tasks in the past influences the way he/she will undertake further searching (Millar and Shevlin, 2003). In other words, it seems that over time we develop our own particular ways to collect information. These habits and aptitudes may partly be grounded in our personality. Based on previous research discussed in this ...

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