Investigating effects of social media news sharing on the relationship between network heterogeneity and political participation

Jihyang Choi, Jae Kook Lee, Emily T. Metzgar

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Abstract

This study investigated how use of social media is associated with political participation by focusing on the effects of network heterogeneity and news use on social media. Specifically, we introduce the concept of news sharing as a potential determinant of participation. Our study found the presence of two sub-dimensions of news sharing: news externalizing (e.g., news posting) and news internalizing (e.g., news seeking). Both dimensions were found to have a distinct pathway to participation, with news externalizing affecting participation directly and news internalizing affecting participation indirectly through news externalizing. Additionally, our data revealed the moderating effects of news sharing, which indicates that heterogeneous online social networks may boost citizens’ participation when users are active in sharing news with others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume75
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Network heterogeneity
  • News sharing
  • Political participation
  • Social media

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