Publication Date

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type


First Advisor

Swedlow, Brendon

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)


Department of Political Science


This project aims to assess how social media influences young adults’ political beliefs and movements. Social media is prominently used through the ages of 18-29 and plays a key role in intellectual development. Engagement online has increased within the last few years discussing topics like politics, COVID-19, and social movements. With the help of social media, young adults feel more empowered and informed by sharing political content. Voter turnout, civic engagement, and participation in social movements have increased with the informative content now available on all social media platforms. In this paper, I assess how social media has affected political beliefs and movements for young adults. The literature reveals that social media has increased engagement in social movements and shapes political beliefs.