International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Internet for University Youth A Political Source and Tool for Self-expression
Dr. Nigar Degirmenci

This study aims to examine the effects of the Internet on university youth’s political participation and answer these questions: Does the Internet make them feel safer? Are there any differences on using the Internet as a political tool and source due to their socio-political, economical, demographical and educational differences between them? Is there any relationship between political knowledge and using the Internet? Are there any relationships between political participation and using the Internet? In order to answer these questions, a survey research was conducted on a group of students in Dokuz Eylül University prior to the July, 2007 General Election in Turkiye. We collected a sample of Public Administration students and a control group of Econometrics, from Business and Administration Faculty, to compare social and mathematical based educations’ effects on political behaviours. According to SPSS analysis result; Public Administration students use the Internet less often than Econometrics’ students do and they tend to visit political web pages such as political forums, political parties’ etc; to read, to forward and to discuss political e-mails; and to feel safer in the Internet speaking about political issues more than Econometrics students do. Male students are more likely than females to visit those web pages, and to read, to forward and to discuss political e-mails; and feel safer in the Internet speaking about political issues. The results shows us that the Internet using differs from gender and education type. Both of the variables affect use of the Internet as political source and tool as expression.

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