The implications of cross-cutting exposure and selective avoidance in the digital era : Differential relationships with civic and political engagement

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2017

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TitleThe 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice
LocationHilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
PlaceUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period25 - 29 May 2017

Abstract

While context collapse and expansion of weak ties have resulted in increased information diversity in today’s social media environment, social media mechanisms also enable individuals to shield themselves away from unwanted disagreement. Cross-cutting exposure and selective avoidance (hiding content, unfriending) are two distinct phenomena in the context of social media. This study examines their differential roles in two types of participation that follow distinct logics, namely civic engagement and political participation. By analyzing cross-sectional data collected in a national survey in Singapore 2013, we find that cross-cutting exposure positively correlates with civic engagement, whereas selective avoidance (hiding content) predicts political participation. The results offer a finer-grained view on the relationship between social media uses and participation, and are further discussed in light of democratic implications.

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The implications of cross-cutting exposure and selective avoidance in the digital era : Differential relationships with civic and political engagement. / Zhu, Qinfeng; Skoric, Marko M.

2017. Paper presented at The 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice, San Diego, United States.

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