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URN etd-0431117-164536
Author Sin-hua Wu
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Department Political Science
Year 2016
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language zh-TW.Big5 Chinese
Title The Use of Social Media Sites and Political Efficacy
Date of Defense 2016-11-11
Page Count 77
Keyword
  • media effects
  • social media
  • internet
  • external efficacy
  • internal efficacy
  • Abstract Online and offline news media have been serving as the major providers of political information. Recently social media have emerged as another channel of information acquisition and a platform of opinion expression. Scholars who emphasize the role of internet and social media expect that the use of social media would eventually influence one’s political participation via the echo chamber effect and intermediation role of political efficacy. Even though the hypothesis that political efficacy influences political participation has been confirmed in the literature, the critical assumption that social media use influence political efficacy has not been systematically examined. This study, based on analysis of Taiwan Social Change Survey (TSCS) face-to-face interview data (N=1,875), systematically examines if any of the three types of internet use behavior—using internet for political information, browsing and searching on social media sites, and posting opinions on social media sites—influences internal political efficacy and external political efficacy. The findings suggest that (1) using internet for political information influences internal efficacy; and that (2) browsing and searching on social media sites influence internal efficacy and the perception that “I can influence the government” but not the perception that “The government responds”. The analysis controls for conventionally important variables such as political interest, party identification, and age, which contributes to the literature as a solid base for exploring the role of social media in Taiwan.
    Advisory Committee
  • Liao, Da-Chi - chair
  • Chen, Wen-Chun - co-chair
  • Frank C.S. Liu - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2017-06-01

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