Social Media News Use and Political Cynicism: Differential Pathways Through “News Finds Me” Perception

Hyunjin Song, Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Hajo G. Boomgaarden

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Abstract

As citizens inadvertently “encounter” news and political information through digital media and social networking sites, they might perceive themselves to be well informed about politics without actively seeking political information, which has been labeled as the “News Finds Me” (NFM) perception. We attempt to explicate and further advance the conceptualization and corresponding measurement of “News Finds Me” perception. Using a nationally representative survey conducted in Austria, our analysis shows that social media news use may contribute to cynicism towards politics, and that such a relationship is critically mediated through NFM perceptions, but to a differential degree depending on specific sub-dimensions of NFM perceptions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-70
Number of pages24
JournalMass Communication and Society
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 2

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported and funded by the Platform for Surveys, Methods and Empirical Analyses (PUMA), financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PUMA and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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