Smartphone apps vs social media


The results show that a large proportion of participants are likely or very likely to use both mobile phone apps and social media in disaster situations, with the likeliness of app usage being slightly higher than the likeliness of social media use. Generally, the likeliness of usage of mobile phone apps for receiving alerts, warnings or emergency messages from authorities is highest (74% likely or very likely), followed by using them to warn or inform other app users (64% likely or very likely). The likeliness of apps usage to submit information about disasters or disaster risks to authorities is lowest, but with still 51% more than half of the participants indicate they would be likely or very likely to do so. A similar picture, though at a somewhat lower level, is revealed for the likeliness of social media usage.

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