Print Email Facebook Twitter Making the news interesting: Understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest Title Making the news interesting: Understanding the relationship between familiarity and interest Author van der Sluis, F. Glassey, R.J. van den Broek, E.L. Publication year 2012 Abstract News feeds are an important element of information encountering, feeding our (new) interests but also leading to a state of information overload. Current solutions often select information similar to the user's interests. However, long-term interest in one topic, and being highly familiar with that topic, does not necessarily imply an actual interest response will occur when more of the same topic is selected. This study explores how important familiarity is in predicting an interest response. In a study with 30 subjects, interest was manipulated by topical familiarity using novel stimuli from a popular news source. This study shows, within this context, familiarity is moderately important for an interest response: familiarity does indeed make the news interesting, but only to a certain extent. The results set a baseline for predicting interest during information encountering, indicating familiarity is important, but not the only influential variable a system should consider when selecting information for users. Copyright © 2012 ACM. Subject Communication & InformationMNS - Media & Network ServicesTS - Technical SciencesFuture Internet UseInformation SocietyFamiliarityFiltering and recommender systemsInformation feedsInterest To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:c684716c-ef27-4469-940c-d7af9da14a30 DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/2362724.236278 TNO identifier 465224 Source 4th Information Interaction in Context Symposium, IIiX 2012: Behaviors, Interactions, Interfaces, Systems, 21-24 August 2012, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 314-317 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.