The Role of Affect in Judging "What is enough?"

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Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behaviour, 2007, 1st, pp. 85 - 95
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The concept of enough is central to productivity and success in an information-saturated world. In the face of information abundance, the continuous question of "What is enough?" moves beyond a series of quantitative judgments to complex negotiations, which are fluid, highly contextually and personally embedded, and intertwined with affect. This chapter reports on an Investigation that explored enough in information seeking-a concept described by Kuhlthau (2004) as fundamental but under-researched. The role of affect in this Important judgment is highlighted. Empirical findings from the interpretive study indicate that practised information seekers experience enougn in five qualitatively different ways, and show a picture of enough. as generative and exploratory. The findings extend our understanding of the concept beyond Its status as a barrier associated with difficulties, gaps, and stopping, and reveal the importance of affect in information interactions. The research is a useful step toward clarifying a key concept for information seeking in context and exploring the role of affect.
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