An exploratory analysis of social media use and the structure of young people’s public affairs participation in China
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AbstractThis study focuses on the impact of social media use on young adults’ public affairs participation on the issues of environment, education, and politics in China. It is interested in not only levels of participation but also the structure of participation, especially the degree to which young adults’ public affairs participation is issue-specific. Analysis of a representative survey of university students (N = 897) in Guangzhou, China, shows that, generally speaking, online and offline participation on the three issues are explained by different sets of factors. Social media communication concerning public affairs is a strong predictor of online participation related to political issues, but it does not predict the other participation variables. Connection with public actors via social media, meanwhile, consistently predicts participation on different issues both online and offline. Moreover, time spent on social media is a consistent and significant predictor of degree of issue specificity of young people’s participation. Implications of the findings are discussed.
All Author(s) ListHUANG Peiying, LEE Lap Fung, LIN Gongcheng
Journal nameCommunication and the Public
Volume Number1
Issue Number3
Pages290 - 304
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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