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Social networking sites and youth online political participation: a comparative study of Nigeria and Malaysia


Salau, Aishat Abdulrauf and Abdul Hamid, Norsiah and Ishak, Mohd Sobhi (2018) Social networking sites and youth online political participation: a comparative study of Nigeria and Malaysia. e-Academia Journal, 7 (1). pp. 15-25. ISSN 2289-6589

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Abstract

Researches indicate youth online political participation on Social Networking Sites is the norm in contemporary society. Thus, we compare this phenomenon among youth in two second wave democracies; Nigeria and Malaysia. These countries may not have been focus of much comparative studies of this nature considering their distance geographically, however politically, their similarities are quite significant. Consequently, this gap in comparative research was addressed by the present study. To this end, a survey was conducted on 476 samples in both countries and analysis was carried out using the Partial Least Squares – Multi Group Analysis (PLS-MGA). Accordingly, we find that there is no significant difference between youth in Nigeria and Malaysia in terms of the relationship between Access to Political Information on Facebook and Twitter (APIFT) and Online Political Participation on Facebook and Twitter (OPPFT). However, there is significant difference between Political Interest (PI) and Policy Satisfaction (PS) with youth online political participation on Facebook and Twitter in both countries. Therefore, findings of this present study suggests that despite their national peculiarities there is no difference between the youth in Nigeria and Malaysia in relation to the association between their access to information and online political participation on Facebook and Twitter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online political participation, Social Networking Sites (SNSs), Facebook, Twitter, cognitive engagement, access to information, political interest, policy satisfaction.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Multimedia Technology & Communication
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 07:34
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 07:34
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/25562

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