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Americans shifted from scrolling through their social media feeds to reading the newspapers

As per the latest report, Americans avoid watching political debates online which somehow made them distant from their social networking platforms but inclined them towards electing and following the news.

Gallup and Knight Foundation researched and came to the conclusion that Americans are not sure whether they themselves should fight against the online dangers or the big tech or government is going to take some action.

As per the data, the young Americans in contrast to elders, are not much bothered by the way of online communication or the tone of it, opposing all the popular perceptions about “the snowflake generation”.

A survey was conducted of 10,226 Americans which included adults of 18 years and above, showed that a lot of Americans are demotivated by the current political participation in America.

The Knight and Gallup survey revealed that 35% of the survey participants said that watching all these political clashes on social networks demotivate them to put anything regarding politics on their personal accounts while 32% reported being extremely disheartened that they can’t even find the courage to open and use their account.

Along with that they also revealed that, if someone is socializing only to be in touch with political news and updates and is linked with particular platforms, such as digital public square, they’re influenced by positive traditional acts and are enthusiastic to practice these civic activities not only in that square but also apart from the digital world while the negative or disheartening acts demotivate them to an extent that they do not like to participate on that specific platform anymore.

Precisely, they analyzed that the number of Americans who follow the news updates due to the debates they come across on their account’s news feed is 39% while 48% reported that they elect after watching those debates.
The effects of these digital political arguments are highly prominent amongst Democrats as 56% of blue participants reported that they voted after watching these debates against 44% Republicans and 40% independents.

Likewise, the number of Democrats who follow the news updates just due to these political debates was 50%, while Republicans were 28% and 32% independents.

In comparison to their fellow citizens, Black Americans were highly enthusiastic to utilize digital platforms for the political debates, and because of these clashes, they were inspired to follow and get involved with the latest updates as well as voting.

The group that was highly disappointed and demotivated from the engagement by these online debates were the Young Americans (from 18-34 years). Among these 23% said that they left these platforms because of them.

On the contrary, 45% of Americans accepted that they voted after being inspired by those debates, 32% would probably donate to social welfare and the remaining 27% said that they would go out to protest.

Americans above 55 years were highly worried and nonplussed by the harmful content on social networks (Black Americans, precisely black women, were mostly worried about the harmful content).

When asked who should handle the harms caused by social networking, citizens split, as 38% agreed that the government should handle it, however, the rest of 36% favored big tech intervention.

Regarding false and inappropriate information, 57% of Americans agreed that mitigating this kind of information is the platform’s responsibility.

54% of people strongly agreed that before making a social media account one has to give sufficient proof of identification, which 22% of the population disagreed with.

Americans were divided into six classes with different views on the web and its challenges.

The initial classes- named “The Reformers” (30%) and “The Individualists” (19%) - conformed to stereotypical identities of Democrats and Republicans correspondingly.

Apart from these, the “Concerned Spectators” (19%) were disturbed due to digital communication but also didn’t want the government to take actions for social issues and on the other hand “Unplugged and Ambivalent” (4%) claimed that politics is not influenced by social networking and big tech must intervene in digital problems.

The very young group, the Unfazed Digital Natives (19%), who required the internet very often, favored Democrats and were less bothered by the social dangers. In addition, they were against the government’s involvement as well as corporate moderation. Furthermore, they were also in favor of safeguarding user confidentiality.

Moreover, they argued that they require a Wi-Fi connection for enjoyment purposes and not to be updated by daily news. 10% of the Digital Natives updated that they received information through the internet, which is the maximum ratio in comparison to other groups. However, the common source to acquire information about current affairs for Digital Natives was newspapers and through social sites (32%).



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