The relationship between the consumption of digital media, participation and political efficacy. A study about young university students in Colombia

Daniel Barredo Ibanez, D. J. de la Garza Montemayor, D. L. Dias

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The political participation is essential for the democratic consolidation, considering that
through social engagement, citizens are able to achieve consensus and develop public deliberations.
This is especially important in Colombia, a society surrounded by an armed conflict for more than five
decades, as well as devastated by drug trafficking mafias, economic breach and the lack of presence
of the State in some regions, among some of them. Methodology: Using a survey to 581 Colombian
young university students, we evaluated the relationship between four categories that can be
determinant for democratic quality, such as the consumption of digital media, online and offline
participation and political efficacy. Results and conclusions: In our findings, besides a link between
aforementioned variables, we observe a low consumption of traditional media in respondents, as well
as a lack of participation -online and offline-.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-960
Number of pages16
JournalRevista Latina de Comunicacion Social
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 19 2018

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