Differential roles of usage patterns of social networking sites in political learning
by Chang Sup Park
International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG), Vol. 12, No. 2, 2020

Abstract: Drawing on a national survey of 1266 South Korean adults, this study finds that social networking sites (SNSs) use for news is positively associated with knowledge about political issues. However, uses of SNSs for social interaction or recreation are not linked to political knowledge. The present study also finds that political talk and news reflection strengthens the association of SNS use for news and knowledge about political issues. The findings suggest a theoretical implication that the association between SNS use and political knowledge is contingent upon usage patterns and political reasoning.

Online publication date: Tue, 15-Sep-2020

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