Young people report benefits of participating in political activism on social media, but not all youth engage and benefit equally.
This is part of our Youth Expertise Series, in which young people use their experiences to write about how we can improve youth civic engagement and civic life.
Our research is informing the digital giant's efforts to use its platform for youth voter education and registration.
Like their slightly older peers, youth ages 18-21 are active and engaged in civic life. Are the institutions that help them develop as voters doing their part?
Social and local media have played a key role, and there are challenges and great opportunities for media to connect diverse youth to information about engagement.
Our research finds that, while youth in civic deserts have less digital access, it can be a valuable tool in spurring their political engagement.
Our pre-election poll finds that young people who engage in political activity online are also more likely to engage in person.
Because of their immense reach and potential to reach a broad range of young people, social media played a crucial role in the 2018 midterm elections cycle.