The effect of searching and surfing on recognition of destination images on Facebook pages

Sung Bum Kim, Dae Young Kim, Kevin R Wise

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Social networking sites (SNSs) are playing an increasingly important role as information sources for tourists. Among the various types of SNSs, Facebook has become the leading site in terms of number of users and volume of content. Despite the proliferation of Facebook, however, there has been little research on its users' cognitive processes as they acquire visual images from photos. Particularly in the context of tourism and hospitality, one largely ignored area that warrants examination is individuals' recognition accuracy when acquiring visual information via Facebook. Based on LC4MP, this study examines users' ability to encode tourism information acquired from Facebook by differentiating the two types of information-search processing conditions, surfing and searching. After employing a visual-recognition test, the findings of this study indicated that participants recognized the photos they acquired from searching more accurately than the photos they acquired from surfing on destination Facebook pages. Further discussion and implications are provided in the text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-823
Number of pages11
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Facebook
  • Keyword
  • LC4MP
  • Searching
  • Surfing
  • Visual-recognition test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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