4-in-10 Adults Use Social Networking to Engage in Political or Civil Activities

Oct 19, 2012

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 seven 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.

Read the full report, 4-in-10 Adults Use Social Networking to Engage in Political or Civil Activities, on the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project website.

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