Creative social media use and political participation in young people: The moderation and mediation role of online political expression

Alex Yue Feng ZHU, Lih Shing CHAN, Kee Lee CHOU

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Abstract

Introduction: Educators and policymakers promote political participation in young people as a means to strengthen the legitimacy of democracy. Creative social media use has grown in popularity in the digital age; however, this creative usage still receives inadequate attention in the literature—particularly its association with political participation.

Method: This study collected three-wave panel data from a sample of young people living in Hong Kong (56.9% male, mean age = 18.81, standard deviation = 2.70) and used cross-lagged structural equation modeling to evaluate the mediating and moderating roles of online political expression in the link between creative social media and political participation.

Results and conclusions
: The results showed that creative social media use positively predicted political participation indirectly by the full mediation of enhanced online political expression. Findings did not reveal the moderation role of online political expression in the link between creative use of social media and political participation. Findings make important theoretical contributions in the field linking social media usage to political engagement. Copyright © 2019 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-117
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume77
Early online dateNov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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Social Media
Democracy
Illegitimacy
Hong Kong

Citation

Zhu, A. Y. F., Chan, A. L. S., & Chou, K. L. (2019). Creative social media use and political participation in young people: The moderation and mediation role of online political expression. Journal of Adolescence, 77, 108-117. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.10.010

Keywords

  • Creative use
  • Online political expression
  • Political participation
  • Social media