Living in the Smartphone Age: Examining the Conditional Indirect Effects of Mobile Phone Use on Political Participation
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AbstractEmploying original survey data, this study examined how mobile phone communication is associated with political participation. Findings revealed that informational use of mobile phone and mobile-based political talk are positively associated with political participation. Specifically, using a mobile smartphone for news and information leads to increased levels of political participation through mobile-mediated political discussion. More importantly, we found gaps in political participation between individuals with higher and lower education levels: education significantly moderates the mediating relationship, with more educated individuals showing a stronger effect of mobile phone use for news/information on political participation through mobile-mediated political discussion.
All Author(s) ListYonghwan Kim, Hsuan-Ting Chen, Yuan Wang
Journal nameJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume Number60
Issue Number4
Pages694 - 713
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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