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A social safety net?: Rejection sensitivity and political opinion sharing among young people in social media
Göteborgs universitet.
Lunds universitet.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-8626
Lunds universitet.
2019 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 298-316Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One reason why people avoid using social media to express their opinions is to avert social sanctions as proposed by the spiral of silence theory. We here elaborate on individual-level sensitivity to social rejection in relation to voicing political opinions on social media sites. Given the uncertainty about sharing political views in social media, and the fact that social acceptance, or rejection, can be easily communicated through, for instance, likes, or a lack of likes, we argue that rejection sensitive individuals are less likely to share political information in social media. Combining an analysis of unique survey data on psychological characteristics and online political activity with focus group interviews with Swedish youth supports our argument, showing that rejection sensitive individuals are less inclined to engage politically in social media. The results extend on previous research by establishing the role of rejection sensitivity in political engagement in social media.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 298-316
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social media, rejection sensitivity, opinion sharing, spiral of silence
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Political Science; Media and Communication Studies; Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70377DOI: 10.1177/1461444818795487ISI: 000457401000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70377DiVA, id: diva2:1267176
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, MMW 2014.0024Available from: 2018-11-30 Created: 2018-11-30 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved

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