Background and aims
The study aims to understand the perception and behavior of people (graduate students) towards how misinformation through the media influenced their mindset regarding COVID-19.
Participants for the focus group discussions were recruited via purposive sampling conducted. The discussions from the study were recorded and transcribed and used the thematic analysis method.
The study had 3 males and 2 females. Sub-themes identified cut across perception, attitude, literacy level towards media messages and COVID-19.
People are overwhelmed by the variety of visual and text misinformation in the media about COVID-19, hence, they engage their intuition to filter the information they consume.