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Joyful information activities in serious leisure: looking for pleasure, passion and purpose

Yazdan Mansourian (School of Information and Communication Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 21 July 2021

Issue publication date: 6 September 2021




This paper provides selective findings from a broader research project on information behaviours in serious leisure. This paper focuses on the positive feelings of information seeking and sharing in this context, aiming to capture and contextualise the joy of information embedded in and inspired by leisure activities.


The required data were obtained using semi-structured interviews with 20 serious leisure participants from Wagga Wagga city in Australia, recruited via a maximum variation sampling technique. The data were fully transcribed and analysed based on a qualitative thematic analysis method.


The joy of information is embedded within a wide spectrum of information activities in serious leisure ranging from information seeking and browsing to information sharing and information creation. Among all these activities, information sharing with peers and a broader audience is the most joyful experience because it often generates social engagement, a sense of belonging and friendship. Moreover, serious leisure is a productive ground to transform hedonic wellness into eudaimonic well-being, while continuous information seeking and sharing play a significant role in achieving this goal.

Practical implications

Information system designers can use the findings to consider the emotional aspects of information seeking and sharing to improve the usability of their products. At the policy level, cultural policy writers and decision-makers can make more informed decisions to support serious leisure.


This study explores the joyful aspects of information behaviour in a unique context. Exploring the joy of information is an emerging topic in human information behaviour scholarship, and the existing knowledge on this issue is still limited. This paper can contribute to creating new knowledge in this emerging area.



The current paper is part of the author's ongoing research program on human information behaviour in serious leisure. The author expresses his appreciation to the participants in this study. He also would like to thank the reviewers for their constructive comments.

Funding: The Faculty of Arts and Education funded this study at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and the grant number is A541.3101.30603.


Mansourian, Y. (2021), "Joyful information activities in serious leisure: looking for pleasure, passion and purpose", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 73 No. 5, pp. 601-617.



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