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The role of social media platforms in creating political awareness among youth

The current time is characterized by a global development in knowledge and technology, which has resulted in many radical changes in the ways of thinking and analysis issues. That has also caused some change in behaviours and beliefs of young people. Social media platforms through the Internet have helped to identify the conflict opinions, and free expression without being subject to censorship. It also helped to gather people with the same opinions and trends across the world on one platform. Although that change had many of the advantages, such as being open to the outside world, realizing facts and concepts, getting to know more clearly the rights and duties between government and public, comparing political systems and identifying their advantages and disadvantages, it is also not without flaws. Positively, some destructive ideas and beliefs may be presented, political formations may be repeated according to global interests, countries may be destroyed, and their people killed in favour of the goals of other countries, as platforms significantly affect the formation and awareness of their users, negatively or positively.

 

This study aims to:

1- Recognizing the reality of the role of social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among youth.

2- Identifying the most influential social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among youth.

3- Exposing the obstacles to the role of social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among youth.

4- Presenting suggestions to improve the role of social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among youth.

 

The study followed the descriptive methodology, and it was applied to a sample of (400) youth from Saudi society. Among the tools, a questionnaire was applied on the reality of the role of social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among young people, and from statistical methods were used, frequencies, percentages, arithmetic means, standard deviation, Pearson correlation coefficient, Cronbach’s alpha coefficient, stability coefficient after Guttmann correction, simple linear regression analysis.

 

The results found:

1- There is a great role for social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among young people, as there are many news and political analyses that youth follow, and there are many constructive programs and beloved personalities that influence youth in creating their political awareness.

2- One of the most important obstacles to the role of social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among youth is the presence of some destructive and perverted ideas within these platforms, and the reluctance of many young people from politics in the current conditions, and the attitude of many young people to download content, talk show channels, and entertainment programs.

In light of this, the paper presented suggestions to improve the role of social media platforms (Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – YouTube) in creating political awareness among youth.

Conclusion:

Social media, which is characterized by direct communication, has become the most powerful factor in influencing youth to exchange cultures and enlightenment. It also plays an important role in shaping political awareness and disseminating systematic thought and has the ability to attract large number of young people.

 

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Political Trends Technological development Young People(Youth)

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Muhsen Alqarni

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Fahad Alharthi

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