64% of Americans blame Social Media for Spreading Negativity!

2020 has been a tough year for many and according to a recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center, many Americans think that social media hasn’t proven to be helpful.

About 64% of the survey participants are of the belief that social media has negatively impacted the way things are going on in the US currently. Shockingly, only 25% of the participants said that social media isn’t impactful in this regard while 10% hailed social media platforms for spreading positivity.

People have mostly referred to misinformation, hate, and harassment as reasons behind social media negatively impacting the way things are in the country at the moment.

When it comes to political affiliations, 78% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents classified social media’s impact as being negative. As for Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, this number was only 53%.

A whopping 83% of the conservative Republicans stated that the effect of social media platforms has been negative. As for the conservative Democrats, the same belief was restricted to 54%.

In case you are unaware, Pew Research Center conducted another survey in July according to which, 23% of adult social media users residing in the US changed their minds about a political or social matter based on what they saw on a social media platform over the span of a year.

Among the most-discussed topics that sparked a change in people’s thought processes were the Black Lives Matter movement along with police brutality. Nearly 25% of the Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents were likely to express that their views had changed. As for the Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, the same could be expected from 21% of such respondents.

29% of Asian Americans, 28% of Blacks, 28% of Hispanics, and 20% of Whites were found likely to agree that their thought process on a topic had changed. When it comes to age groups, social media users in the US aged between 18 and 29 claimed the top spot with a whopping 34%, leaving behind people in the 30-49 age group (23%), as well as those aged between 50 and 64 (20%) and people above 65 (13%).

According to Pew, 76% of US social media users stated that they have yet to change their views on a political or social matter based on what they saw on one of these platforms in the past year. In 2018, this number was 84%.

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