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Online only: Which Czech young adults prefer online civic participation?

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Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords civic participation; Internet; young adults; political ideology
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Description This study examined whether people who prefer online over offline civic participation differ from those who participate in both environments, who prefer offline participation, or do not participate. Using a cross-sectional sample of young adults (age 18-28) recruited in the Czech Republic (N = 720), we compared these four groups (defined by their types of civic participation) regarding their socio-demographic profiles, trust (social, individual, and in the media), relationship to politics (political interest, exposure to politics in the media, and internal political efficacy), and political ideology (left-right orientation, concern with environmental issues, and support for immigrants’ rights). Results showed that people who prefer online participation adhere to conservative political ideologies than people with other types of participation. Their relationship to politics is as positive as in the case of people active in both environments. No substantial differences in trust and socio-demographics were found.
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