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Replications of Experiments on Online Social Cues (Public) ($)

General Details

Project Accessibility and Generalizability: Are Social Media Effects Moderated by Age or Digital Literacy?
Study ID sspp-2020-0011-v1
Study Title Replications of Experiments on Online Social Cues
Authors Kevin Munger, Ishita Gopal, Joshua Tucker, Jonathan Nagler
Completion Time 10 Minutes
Close Date Dec. 31, 2020
Discipline Political Science
Field Political Behavior
Country Online (limited countries)
Abstract
An emerging empirical regularity suggests that older people use and respond to social media very differently than younger people. Older people are the fastest-growing population of internet and social media users in the US, and this heterogeneity will soon become central to online politics. However, many important experiments in this field have been conducted on online samples that do not contain enough older people to be useful to generalize to the current population of internet users; this issue is more pronounced for studies that are even a few years old. We propose to replicate two experiments involving social media (specifically, Facebook) conducted on one such sample lacking older users (Amazon's Mechanical Turk) using a source of online subjects which does contain sufficient variation in subject age. We will also add a standard battery of questions designed to explicitly measure digital literacy, to determine if this theoretical construct is in fact a key mediator of social media effects.

Incentive Details

Incentive Type Based on forecast accuracy
Calculation Method Continuous: Based on absolute forecast accuracy
Recipient Pool Incentives are lottery-based
Lottery Percentage 5.0%



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