The Internet as a source of information. The social role of blogs and their reliability


  • Maria Keskenidou University of Western Macedonia
  • Argyris Kyridis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Lina P. Valsamidou Open University of Cyprus
  • Alexandra-Helen Soulani



blogs, internet, information, social role, reliability, Greece


The current paper discusses the case of a social as well as technological phenomenon that has assumed great proportions in recent years, that of blogs. The purpose of this research is to explore students' views on: the role of blogs as a means of information, the reliability of blogs, the social role of blogs. The selection of measuring students' views was made based on the fact that they form one of the most active social groups on one hand and that, on the other hand, they are considered to be some of the most frequent users of the internet. As an overall conclusion, the participants appear to have a positive attitude concerning blogs, whereas the research findings regarding the individual questions point out interesting views on behalf of the students.

Author Biographies

Maria Keskenidou, University of Western Macedonia

M.Sc. Information and Communication Technologies in Education, M.Sc. Teaching Methodology and Curricula

Argyris Kyridis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Professor of Sociology of Education at the Department of Early Childhood Education (S.E.C.E.), Faculty of Education, of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki

Lina P. Valsamidou, Open University of Cyprus

M.Sc. Communication and Journalism, M.Sc. Cultural Studies and New Technologies, M.Sc. Gender Studies

Alexandra-Helen Soulani

Teacher of English, M.A. in Translation Theory, M.A. in Gender Studies




How to Cite

Keskenidou, M., Kyridis, A., Valsamidou, L. P., & Soulani, A.-H. (2014). The Internet as a source of information. The social role of blogs and their reliability. Observatorio (OBS*), 8(1).