The Internet Promotes Social Activism

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Think that surfing the Web can’t change the world? Well, new research says that actually, it can. The new study, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, found that high school students who are active online are much more likely to be involved in civic and political issues.

The study looked at things like how often students used blogs, social networking sites, the Internet, and email to get info, share, or discuss social and political issues.

Joe Kahne, the author of the study, says, “We found that being part of online participatory communities tied to youth interests, political or not, exposes youth to a greater degree of diverse viewpoints and issues and is related to higher levels of civic engagement. Both of these outcomes are good for democracy.”

How about you? Do you get into social and political issues online?

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