Mobilize Your Vote with Social Media
Mobilize Your Vote with Social Media
This post comes from OnlineCollegeCourses.com. Check out their graphic demonstrating how valuable sharing that you will vote is, and let us know in the comment section of this post if you plan to vote tomorrow! –Ed.

Facebooking for Office: How Social Media Inspires Voters

October 22nd, 2012 by Staff Writers

Traditionally, student-aged voters (those between the ages of 18 and 24) aren't great at remembering to vote. In fact, in the 2008 presidential election, less than 50% of the 18-to-24 age group actually voted. However, most 18- to 24-year-olds are good at staying plugged into social media, and as of 2012, 98% of them have some sort of social media account with which they share content and connect to people. As social media changes and spreads, elections are clearly becoming a different game. For one thing, politicians are making themselves present on the web, from Facebook to Twitter and more. Additionally, recent studies have begun to show that when it comes time to vote, the influence of social media can inspire younger voters to get their votes out. Those who see via social media that their peers have voted become more likely to take the next step and vote themselves. The following infographic takes a look at how social media has become crucial to mobilizing the youngest generation of voters.

 

 

About the Author

  • Ted joined the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in February 2010. He brings more than twenty-five years of experience using media to create social change by creating communications strategies and content for progressive non-profits, political campaigns, and cause based...

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