ERIC Number: ED484053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Reference Count: 34
Technology and Politics: Incentives for Youth Participation. Working Paper 24.
Iyengar, Shanto; Jackman, Simon
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
No other group is as disengaged from elections as youth. Voter turnout in the United States trails that of other industrialized societies, and is particularly anemic among youth between the ages of 18 and 24. The purpose of this study was to assess whether young people's expertise with information technology could be harnessed to stimulate a greater sense of involvement in political campaigns. A representative sample of California youth with an interactive CD featuring the 2002 gubernatorial election was provided. Participants were sent the CD two weeks in advance of the election. Following the election, they completed a survey of their political attitudes and opinions. In conclusion, the results from this pilot study suggest that a synthesis of political content and interactive technology can engage youth.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A