Unpacking the Use of Social Media for Protest Behavior

  title={Unpacking the Use of Social Media for Protest Behavior},
  author={Sebasti{\'a}n Valenzuela},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={920 - 942}
  • S. Valenzuela
  • Published 6 March 2013
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
Recent studies have shown a positive link between frequency of social media use and political participation. However, there has been no clear elaboration of how using social media translates into increased political activity. The current study examines three explanations for this relationship in the context of citizens’ protest behavior: information (social media as a source for news), opinion expression (using social media to express political opinions), and activism (joining causes and… Expand

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