Title

Media and Youth Politics Today

Poster Number

3

Lead Author Major

Communication

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Qingwen Dong

Faculty Mentor Department

Communication

Abstract/Artist Statement

Political involvement has always been important to the American people; however, research on the youth population's decline in voting has only been studied a small amount. Since the 1970's, when the voting age was lowered to 18, the youth vote has been lessening. However, it is possible by studying the increased amount of social media use among youth, one can find a way to increase awareness of the need for political youth activism. The increasing amount of social media use on youth may have an impact on decision making, via internet-group behavior, creating a massive scale form of groupthink. It is possible, because of the intensity of youth’s media involvement, that it is distracting from political involvement and is being used for personal entertainment instead. However, because of this media involved generation, they may be much more easily influenced by political messages and campaigns.

Location

Tiger Lounge

Start Date

21-4-2012 10:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2012 12:00 PM

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Media and Youth Politics Today

Tiger Lounge

Political involvement has always been important to the American people; however, research on the youth population's decline in voting has only been studied a small amount. Since the 1970's, when the voting age was lowered to 18, the youth vote has been lessening. However, it is possible by studying the increased amount of social media use among youth, one can find a way to increase awareness of the need for political youth activism. The increasing amount of social media use on youth may have an impact on decision making, via internet-group behavior, creating a massive scale form of groupthink. It is possible, because of the intensity of youth’s media involvement, that it is distracting from political involvement and is being used for personal entertainment instead. However, because of this media involved generation, they may be much more easily influenced by political messages and campaigns.