Replications of Experiments on Online Social Cues (Public)
ProjectAccessibility and Generalizability: Are Social Media Effects Moderated by Age or Digital Literacy? Study IDsspp-2020-0011-v1 Study Title
Replications of Experiments on Online Social Cues AuthorsKevin Munger, Ishita Gopal, Joshua Tucker, Jonathan Nagler Completion Time10 Minutes Close DateDec. 31, 2020 DisciplinePolitical Science FieldPolitical Behavior CountryOnline (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.
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