Social Media and Political Engagement


Rainie, L., Smith, A., Schlozman, K.L., Brady, H.E. & Verba, S. (2012). Social Media and Political Engagement. Washington, D.C.: Pew Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved October 20, 2012 from

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e-Democracy | Politics and Political Science | Social Media & Social Software


The use of social media is becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. Some 60% of American adults use either social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, and a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that 66% of those social media users—or 39% of all American adults—have done at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media.

66% of social media users have employed the platforms to post their thoughts about civic and political issues, react to others’ postings, press friends to act on issues and vote, follow candidates, ‘like’ and link to others’ content, and belong to groups formed on social networking sites.