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Another great Pew study about social media usage.

pewinternet:

NEW REPORT OUT TODAY —

39% of American adults (66% of social media users) have used social media platforms to engage in at least 1 of 8 civic or political activities:

  • 38% of those who use social networking sites (SNS) or Twitter use those social media to “like” or promote material related to politics or social issues that others have posted. Liberal Democrats who use social media are particularly likely to use the ‘like’ button—52% of them have done so and 42% of conservative Republicans have also done so.
  • 35% of social media users have used the tools to encourage people to vote. Democrats who are social media users are more likely to have used social media to encourage voting—42% have done that compared with 36% of Republican social-media users and 31% of independents.
  • 34% of social media users have used the tools to post their own thoughts or comments on political and social issues. Liberal Democrats who use social media (42%) and conservative Republicans (41%) are especially likely to use social media this way.
  • 33% of social media users have used the tools to repost content related to political or social issues that was originally posted by someone else.  Republican social media users are more likely to do this on social media—39% have used social media to repost content, compared with 34% of social media using Democrats and 31% of independents.
  • 31% of social media users have used the tools to encourage other people to take action on a political or social issue that is important to them. Some 36% of social-media-using Democrats have done this as have 34% of Republicans. This compares to 29% of independents who are social media users.
  • 28% of social media users have used the tools to post links to political stories or articles for others to read. The social media users who are liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans are the most likely to have used social media this way (39% and 34% respectively).
  • 21% of those who use SNS or Twitter belong to a group on a social networking site that is involved in political or social issues, or that is working to advance a cause. There are no major differences by ideology or partisanship when it comes to using social media this way.
  • 20% of social media users have used the tools to follow elected officials and candidates for office.  Some 32% of the conservative Republicans who use social media follow officials on social media and 27% of liberal Democrats who use social media do so.

Which of these do you engage in regularly?

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    These statistics give a good indication of how politics emerging on social media sites and platform not only change the...
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    News flash: young people engage in a good amount of slacktivism!
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    Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick
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  12. mikialama answered: I am 57 and I have done all of these regularly. No offense, but did you really need a chart to show you what age group does what??? :)
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    This is interesting in light of how we look at voter apathy among younger people. It’s not that they’re apathetic at...
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  18. geckospeaks answered: I engage in all of these regularly.
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