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Post-graduate student, the department of Source Studies, Moscow State University
Abstract.Virtual social environments as an instrument for motivating youth to sociopolitical activity. The development of information and communication technologies in the Internet encourages the emergence of new virtual environments that affect civic mobilization of the youth. The authors analyze the participation of youth in sociopolitical events, as well as identify the factors that may obstruct their desire for participation. The article determines the political parties that enjoy most popularity among youth alongside the favored sources for acquiring the sociopolitical information. The objectivity of the online coverage of events is assessed from the youth perspective. The empirical foundation of this study is the author’s sociological online survey, which involved 412 respondents ages 18 to 29. The results demonstrate the overall positive attitude to sociopolitical segment of our society. The basis of youth motivation towards sociopolitical activity lies in their interest in politics, as well as assurance in the ability to affect the political events. However, assessing the activeness of the youth, the authors underline the clear passive position, associated with the distrust in political segment. Young people actively use Internet as the source for receiving sociopolitical information; the majority notes the high degree of objectivity of the information acquired from Internet.
Keywords: socio-political information, information and communication technologies, Internet, social network, the virtual social environment, social and political activity, social group, youth, social research, sociology of the Internet
Article was received:08-04-2018
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