Translated Titles

Social Interaction Effects on Active Political Participation: Social Media and Opinion Networks




華樹華(Grace, Shu-Hua Hua)

Key Words

社會互動 ; 積極政治參與 ; 意見網絡 ; 社群媒體 ; 公民傳播 ; social interaction ; political engagement ; opinion networks ; social media ; civil communication



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

14卷2期(2020 / 12 / 01)

Page #

1 - 43

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Why are the people in Taiwan politics engagement? Do disagreeing social interaction scenarios good for promoting citizens' engagement in politics participation? In particular, what role does social media popularization play in civil society? Political science not only studies the political activities surrounding voters, but also points out that people's conventional political participation attitudes reflect negative phenomena. On the other hand, the types of citizens actively participating in public political affairs have not declined but have become more diverse. This article analyzes the relationship between social media and civil society through the basic in 2014 Taiwan Social Change Survey, which includes citizenship (1) and (2) data, and further examines how the opinion networks in daily contact is linked to political life. We found that: (1) More than half of the people in Taiwan feel that they are in a heterogeneous opinion network in their daily lives. Whether it is a homogeneous or heterogeneous network, more than a quarter of the people tend to change their minds. (2) People who use social media have greater chance of political engagement in homogenous or heterogeneous networks; on the contrary, those who do not use social media have more obvious effects in heterogeneous networks; social interactions with political engagement effect is reflected in the heterogeneous opinion network, or the weaker daily contact, that is, the farther away from the ego social network, the more diverse the social circle may have a greater chance; (3) Whether through cross-analysis or model regression analysis, the effects of social media can be examined. In other words, social media are significantly associated with political engagement. Compared with the existing variables in the political science research, this study explores the micro-public opinion of networks in daily contact from the perspective of social networks or social interactions, and expects to be closer to the political life embedded in daily life.

Topic Category 社會科學 > 社會學
社會科學 > 經濟學
社會科學 > 政治學