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Economics of attention: The gender-based bing communication study on depression

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This study examines the impact of personalized gender-based communication to encourage the screening of depression and seeking out mental health care consultation. An internet search engine advertisement was deployed on Bing, Microsoft during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in the Provence–Alpes–Côte d'Azur (PACA) region in France during the month of May 2020, the height of the France lockdowns. A two-armed study was conducted with Arm A containing a non-personalized (control) advertisement and Arm B containing a personalized gender-based advertisement. 53,185 advertisements were shown between the two arms. Results show that receiving a personalized gender-based message increases the probability of clicking on the advertisement. However, upon clicking the advertisement, there was no significant difference in the completion of the depression questionnaire between the two groups. These results suggest that although personalized gender messaging is effective at drawing in a greater click rate, it did not increase, nor decreased, the conversion rate to monitor depression by self-assessment.
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hal-03545595 , version 1 (15-09-2022)

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Yulin Hswen, Nguemdjo Ulrich, Yom-Tom Elad, Bruno Ventelou. Economics of attention: The gender-based bing communication study on depression. SSM - Population Health, 2022, 17, pp.100993. ⟨10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100993⟩. ⟨hal-03545595⟩
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