With the rise of social media, it is now easier than ever to connect with people, but that comes with downsides. For example, 31 percent of teens that use social media have fought with a friend over something that has happened online, and this rise of social media has also led to a rise in social isolation in users. This has a negative effect on day-to-day life, one section of American society that has also been effected is our politics.
In a new study from the Pew Research Center, 23 percent of young people (18-29) said they've changed their opinion on a political issue based off something they saw on social media in the past year. The effect of social media regarding politics is even more profound on young men, where 29 percent of that group has had an opinion change based off of something seen on social media.
Let's face it, we live in a world driven by sound bites. Millennials and Generation Z refuse to dig deeper, and would rather make our judgments based off of one headline we see on Facebook or a five-second clip we hear on Twitter than read an article, look at statistics, read a study, and form our opinions based on facts.
Unfortunately, this may have a devastating effect on our politics. When politics becomes less about who is correct on policy, and more about who can create a better story or sound bite, our government could start going downhill.