Spotted examine the impact of participation in political activities via social networking users




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Study: Social networks increase political participation on the ground

Spotted examine the impact of participation in political activities via social networking users

American study found that participation in political activities across social networks could lead some users to expand their political activity outside the Internet.

According to the study , “the Pew Research Center,” which carried the title “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age”, decided 43% of users of social networks expand their knowledge on one of the issues of political or social after he briefed them for the first time via the websites of social media, has also taken 18% decisions on one of the political issues based on the materials you have read through these sites.

The study included 2253 of U.S. adults, in the age of eighteen and above. And targeted measure the interaction of political online and outside with the care of the role of social networks within a year, and conducted in the period between 16 July and 7 August 2012.

The study showed high participation in political activities through social networks compared with a previous study dating back to 2008. The 39% of the participants in the study to their one political activities, compared with 26% in the previous study. It seems logical because of the significant increase in the number of users of social networks; since the proportion reached 69% of Internet users, compared with 33% in 2008.

According to the study include political activities Send comments and personal opinions on matters political, social, and the participation of political articles, admiring or follow-up page one of the candidates, and the participation of political news, and encourage others to vote, and to persuade them to adopt a particular viewpoint on one of the issues of political, social, and create or participate in groups involved in political affairs.

Despite the growth of electronic means, Iqbal Americans continued to integrate into the discussion of public and political matters outside the Internet via mailings, telephone or face to face.

In the view of the study of “the Pew Research Center,” not the separation of political participation online by outside individuals integrate normally in various activities through the channels of the Internet and other; stated 48% of the participants their integration into a political activities Khoudor political rally or organize a demonstration or volunteer to support a party or candidate in elections, and continues to 39% of the participants with one or officials who spoke in an interview via traditional means, while online did so 34% of the participants.

Turning study the factors affecting the political participation; While commonly engage in political activities online and traditional methods among people with higher incomes and education, does not affect the level of income to the same degree when looking at social networks, and it remains the impact of educational level – such as university study – clear; فخريجو universities more inclined to engage in political activity through social media compared with graduates from high school.

With regard to the differences between the age groups, the study found that political interaction via social networks more prevalent among younger groups.
The Pew Internet & American Life study of social networks


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