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Your social media rants will not change too many opinions

A recent study by the Pew Research Center suggests that exposure to opposing views on social media has not caused most Americans to their own stance on issues in the past year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Think your political rantings on Facebook or Twitter are persuasive enough to get other people to change their opinions? Do not flatter yourself.

 

A recent study by the Pew Research Center suggests that exposure to opposing views on social media has not caused most Americans to their own stance on issues in the past year. Only 14 percent of the 4,594 US adults surveyed between 29 May and 11 June said they have changed their opinion about a political or social issue in the past year as a result of something they saw on social media.

“Certain groups, especially young men, are more likely than others to say that they have modified their views because of social media,” says Pew Research Assistant Kristen Bialik. “Around three-in-ten men in the age 18 to 29 (of 29%) say that their opinion about a political or social issue has changed in the past year as a result of social media.”

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More Democrats and liberal-leaning independents have re-thought their views because of social media posts this year than Republicans and conservative-leaning Independents, Pew found.

“Although most people have not changed their opinion about a political or social issue in the past year as a result of social media, which also tend to have a high level of personal interest on social media as a tool for personal political involvement and activism,” Bialik wrote.

Meanwhile, Pew conducted a similar survey with a slightly different formulation than in 2016, and found that 20 percent of social media users have changed their position on a social or political issue because of something they saw on one of these services. That time, the research firm asked users if they had ever done. The more recent study focused on the question whether the users had in the past year.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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