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On the digital lane to citizenship? Patterns of internet use and civic engagement amongst Flemish adolescents and young adults

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Purpose. The rise of online communication possibilities has revived the debate surrounding the impact of media on political participation, especially with respect to young people who are considered prime users of online communication technologies. Against that background this paper examines the relationship between the use of new and old media and institutionalized and non-institutionalized forms of political participation. Design. We rely on data of a representative sample of Flemish young people aged 14-30 (N=2488). Ordinal logistic regression models are used to model (1) institutional political participation and (2) alternative forms of political participation. We not only focus on whether young people used the Internet but also assess differences according to the purpose of Internet use. Findings. Even after taken into account a significant number of background characteristics, different views on politics and other media use, Internet use remains positively related to both conventional and alternative forms of political participation. Internet use for pleasure appears quite strongly associated with alternative political participation, but is not related to conventional political participation. Internet use directed towards gaining information is strongly related to both conventional and alternative forms of political participation by strengthening young people’s political efficacy, interest and political competences.
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civic engagement, political participation, Internet use, media

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Siongers, Jessy, et al. “On the Digital Lane to Citizenship? Patterns of Internet Use and Civic Engagement amongst Flemish Adolescents and Young Adults.” JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, vol. 18, no. 2, 2019, pp. 67–86, doi:10.4119/JSSE-901.
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Siongers, J., Keppens, G., Spruyt, B., & Van Droogenbroeck, F. (2019). On the digital lane to citizenship? Patterns of internet use and civic engagement amongst Flemish adolescents and young adults. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, 18(2), 67–86. https://doi.org/10.4119/JSSE-901
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Siongers, Jessy, Gil Keppens, Bram Spruyt, and Filip Van Droogenbroeck. 2019. “On the Digital Lane to Citizenship? Patterns of Internet Use and Civic Engagement amongst Flemish Adolescents and Young Adults.” JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION 18 (2): 67–86. https://doi.org/10.4119/JSSE-901.
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Siongers, Jessy, Gil Keppens, Bram Spruyt, and Filip Van Droogenbroeck. 2019. “On the Digital Lane to Citizenship? Patterns of Internet Use and Civic Engagement amongst Flemish Adolescents and Young Adults.” JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION 18 (2): 67–86. doi:10.4119/JSSE-901.
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Siongers J, Keppens G, Spruyt B, Van Droogenbroeck F. On the digital lane to citizenship? Patterns of internet use and civic engagement amongst Flemish adolescents and young adults. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION. 2019;18(2):67–86.
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J. Siongers, G. Keppens, B. Spruyt, and F. Van Droogenbroeck, “On the digital lane to citizenship? Patterns of internet use and civic engagement amongst Flemish adolescents and young adults,” JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 67–86, 2019.
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Design. We rely on data of a representative sample of Flemish young people aged 14-30 (N=2488). Ordinal logistic regression models are used to model (1) institutional political participation and (2) alternative forms of political participation. We not only focus on whether young people used the Internet but also assess differences according to the purpose of Internet use.

Findings. Even after taken into account a significant number of background characteristics, different views on politics and other media use, Internet use remains positively related to both conventional and alternative forms of political participation. Internet use for pleasure appears quite strongly associated with alternative political participation, but is not related to conventional political participation. Internet use directed towards gaining information is strongly related to both conventional and alternative forms of political participation by strengthening young people’s political efficacy, interest and political competences.}},
  author       = {{Siongers, Jessy and Keppens, Gil and Spruyt, Bram and Van Droogenbroeck, Filip}},
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  journal      = {{JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION}},
  keywords     = {{civic engagement,political participation,Internet use,media}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{67--86}},
  title        = {{On the digital lane to citizenship? Patterns of internet use and civic engagement amongst Flemish adolescents and young adults}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.4119/JSSE-901}},
  volume       = {{18}},
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