Social Media and the Mobilization of Youths for Socio-Political Participation

Uji, Brenda Mngusuul


This study was carried out to examine the effects that the social media is exerting on the participation of Nigerian youths in socio-political issues. This is against the backdrop of long standing exclusion of youths from issues affecting the polity and governance. The study was conducted using the survey method with questionnaires administered to selected respondents. The results showed that large numbers of youths are spending time online, and by participating in social media discussions on socio-political matters affecting the country. They are thus getting informed and raising awareness about different issues through e-publicity and demonstrations, thereby promoting good governance in different ways, like accountability. The study recommends that there should be improved media literacy on the part of avid social media users and activists, in order to make the best use of the innovation for socio-political participation and reduce incidences of false or, malicious information going viral and affecting the society negatively.

Keywords: social media, political participation, governance, youths


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