Mobile Phone Use and Online Civic Engagement : An Empirical Study on University Students

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2017

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Title9th Postgraduate Student Symposium of the Chinese Journalism and Communication Consortium
LocationCity University of Hong Kong
PlaceHong Kong
Period11 November 2017

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between mobile phone use and online civic engagement. Based on uses and gratification theory, the research classifies mobile phone use behaviors into informational use and social use. With controlling for a host of variables—age, gender, education, geography, general mobile phone use, traditional media use and computer use, regression analysis is employed in this study. The findings indicate that both informational use and social use of mobile phone are positively associated with online civic behaviors. Additionally, political interest and political efficacy moderate the relationship between informational use of mobile phone and online civic engagement. The more interest people have in politics, the stronger effects for informational use will exert on online civic engagement. However, political efficacy moderates the relationship in a different way. This phenomenon generates a further discussion on the relationship between online and offline civic participation, and the influence of political cynicism on participatory behaviors.

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Mobile Phone Use and Online Civic Engagement : An Empirical Study on University Students. / 張楠; AI, Minwei.

2017. Paper presented at 9th Postgraduate Student Symposium of the Chinese Journalism and Communication Consortium, Hong Kong.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review