According to huffington post reports, “On Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other various social media platforms, individuals from all over the world use their feeds as a means of broadcasting their thoughts on politics.”

Based on different studies, Huffingtonpost report has “broken down the different political social media users into three types” as follows:

The Endorphin Junkie

Turns out, there’s a neurological reward for speaking up. When we share our personal thoughts and feelings on a social media page, it activates the brain’s reward system by assuaging the anxiety of keeping something in and validating yourself, one Harvard study found.

The Iconoclast

The virtual reward system is reinforced by another study that indicates that some posters on Facebook and Twitter are “less likely to share their opinions in face-to-face settings.” This is familiar because it’s essentially the online disinhibition effect — when someone acts looser on the Internet than how they might in a face-to-face interaction.

The Approval Seeker

It’s pretty easy to vet other opinions before posting your own – you can just comb through your friends’ pages or feeds. This means that someone can tailor their post to fit the majority opinion. There’s no exact measurement for how often this happens, but, as seen in a study referencing social media opinions on the Edward Snowden-NSA revelations, some people said they were “more willing to share their views if they thought their audience would agree with them.”


Source: Huffingtonpost