A social safety net? Rejection sensitivity and political opinion sharing among young people in social media

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Abstract

One reason why people avoid using social media to express their opinions is to avert social sanctions as proposed by the spiral of silence theory. We here elaborate on individual-level sensitivity to social rejection in relation to voicing political opinions on social media sites. Given the uncertainty about sharing political views in social media, and the fact that social acceptance, or rejection, can be easily communicated through, for instance, likes, or a lack of likes, we argue that rejection sensitive individuals are less likely to share political information in social media. Combining an analysis of unique survey data on psychological characteristics and online political activity with focus group interviews with Swedish youth supports our argument, showing that rejection sensitive individuals are less inclined to engage politically in social media. The results extend on previous research by establishing the role of rejection sensitivity in political engagement in social media.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Karlstad University
  • Göteborgs universitet
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Statsvetenskap
  • Kommunikationsvetenskap
  • Psykologi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Antal sidor19
TidskriftNew Media & Society
Volym21
Utgåva nummer2
Tidigt onlinedatum2018 sep 5
StatusPublished - 2019 feb 1
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa

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Fredén, A., Nils Gustafsson, Hanna Bäck & Renström, E., 2018 nov 16, Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm.

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Fredén, A., Nils Gustafsson, Bäck, E. & Hanna Bäck, 2017 okt 5. 25 s.

Forskningsoutput: KonferensbidragKonferenspaper, ej i proceeding/ej förlagsutgivet

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