Benjamin Bowyer

Benjamin Bowyer

Benjamin Bowyer is a senior researcher at the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California, Riverside. He studies the effects of social context on political attitudes and behavior.

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Young People’s Nonpolitical Online Activity Supports Democratic Life

Monday, March 12, 2018

Emma González, a high school student from Parkland, now has more Twitter followers than the NRA. Indeed, numerous students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have turned the social media skills and practices they use every day into tools that enable political impact. While their traumatic experience is tragically extreme, their example sheds light on a more general process: When digital skills and social networks are joined with a motivation to effect change, they become potent political resources. Our study of youth social media practices and politics indicates that this dynamic is more common and more