It's Complicated: Facebook Users' Political Participation in the 2008 Election

@article{Vitak2011ItsCF,
  title={It's Complicated: Facebook Users' Political Participation in the 2008 Election},
  author={Jessica Vitak and Paul Zube and Andrew D. Smock and Caleb T. Carr and Nicole B. Ellison and Cliff Lampe},
  journal={Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking},
  year={2011},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={
          107-14
        }
}
  • Jessica Vitak, P. Zube, +3 authors Cliff Lampe
  • Published 17 March 2011
  • Political Science, Computer Science, Medicine
  • Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, social network sites such as Facebook allowed users to share their political beliefs, support specific candidates, and interact with others on political issues. But do political activities on Facebook affect political participation among young voters, a group traditionally perceived as apathetic in regard to civic engagement? Or do these activities represent another example of feel-good participation that has little real-world impact, a concept often… Expand
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