University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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The most recent presidential election saw a great divide in Americans' political ideologies (Enli 2017) as well as an increase in social media use in relation to obtaining political news (Gottfried and Shearer 2016). Social media is a growing platform to obtain political news, and this study found that 86% of young adults surveyed saw election news on social media multiple times a day. This study examined how young adults used social media in relation to the 2016 election, including whether or not they used social media's unfriend/unfollow feature to selectively expose themselves to outlets to which they had partisan affinity. The results of the study showed that young liberals were statistically more likely than young conservatives to selectively expose themselves during the election.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Communication in politics -- United States; Presidents -- United States -- Elections -- 2016
Shipman, Sylvia, "Social media and the political behavior of young adults in the 2016 election" (2018). Honors Theses.