Has Social Media Led to an Increased Appreciation for the First Amendment?
|September 28, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Education, Technology, Youth Development||
This infographic, from The Knight Foundation, illustrates how social media is linked to an increased appreciation for the First Amendment. The findings from the Foundation’s national survey of students and teachers suggest that the rise in social media use by youth has led to a better understanding of, and gratitude for, the protections found in the First Amendment. According to the data,
- over 75 percent of students use social media several times a week as a source of news and information;
- a greater amount of the students who used digital media daily as a news and information source felt that unpopular opinions should be allowed (91 percent), compared to those who never used social media for news and information (77 percent); and
- the proportion of students who felt the First Amendment “went too far” in allowing free speech declined between 2006 and 2011 (45 percent to 24 percent).
Additional findings (including how teachers feel about the impact of social media on learning) and information about the Future of the First Amendment Survey is available at the Knight Foundation webpage.
I cannot help but wonder if these students have not yet waded through many of these kinds of “discussions” on their Facebook pages – can we re-poll the sample after college? Kidding aside, has your use of social media (at work and in your personal life) influenced your feelings about free speech, unpopular opinions and the First Amendment? How?