Good Project researchers Emily Weinstein, Margaret Rundle, and Carrie James have published an article in the International Journal of Communication.
Titled “A Hush Falls Over the Crowd?: Diminished Online Civic Expression Among Young Civic Actors,” the article reports on a longitudinal study that found that youth who reported their civic views on social media tended to silence themselves over time. The authors analyze the reasons for this shift.
The abstract of the article has been reprinted below:
An earlier investigation of civically engaged youth’s online civic expression, conducted by the authors, revealed that most youth expressed their off-line civic views in their online lives. But do youth change their online civic expression over time? If so, how and why? A follow-up study of the original participants about two years later provides a longitudinal perspective on online civic expression. Survey responses from 41 U.S.- based civic youth reveal that over 40% changed their expression patterns over the two-year period, with most quieting or silencing expression. These changes correspond to a group-level shift: Withholding civic expression on social media is most common at the time of our follow-up study. Key rationales for individual shifts, as stated by participants, are described.