One way or another? Discussion disagreement and attitudinal homogeneity on social networking sites as pathways to polarization in Czechia
|Článek v odborném periodiku
|Časopis / Zdroj
|Journal of Information Technology & Politics
|Fakulta / Pracoviště MU
|article - open access
|Social networking sites; affective polarization; disagreement; political antagonism; negativity; politically motivated unfriending; network homogeneity
|This study focuses on social networking sites and their role in partisan-based affective polarization and political antagonism. We examine the relationship by testing variables that indicate selective exposure to counter-attitudinal and pro-attitudinal information. The results from Czech survey data (n?=?2,792) collected in 2020 show a positive relationship between both perceived discussion disagreement and attitudinal homogeneity of the network to political antagonism, and a positive relationship between the perceived attitudinal homogeneity of the network and affective polarization. The results thus question the existence of a single universal social media use pattern contributing to polarization.