The role Twitter plays in mass communication after 2006 among college Students in the USA.

Research question

How does spending a lot of time on Twitter as a student contribute to and influence mass communication?


The research will Study Twitter and its role on mass communication because since people started using it in 2006, it has had its share of influence on how information passes to many people living in different parts of the world. Twitter has managed to attract college students because it provides a platform where they can be able to link and interact with their favorite Celebrities.  Most college students also love fancy clothes, and Twitter has provided a platform where young college students can like and like and follow Twitter updates from their best fashion houses and companies. The research will help further to explore whether the college students only look for specific information from Twitter when they log in, or there is a high likelihood of reading other interesting news that was not part of their original search.

The research will also focus on determining the average amount of time a college student can spend on twitter a day and how it influences the movement of information. The research on how much the college students spend on Twitter is motivated by the fact that most students often spend some time to surf the internet using mobile phones while others like using laptops. It is therefore critical to investigate how often the students use Twitter and its influence on mass communication considering the fact millions of messages are exchanged through twitter with a short duration of time.

Another critical point that the research will consider is the reason why the Students would prefer getting their news from Twitter as opposed to the traditional sources of news like newspapers. The research will explore whether the college students in the United States of America are finding Twitter more reliable when compared to other forms of mass media like television networks and the radio. The research will also seek to establish whether the speed of passing messages and communicating to many people using Twitter has played a role in making Twitter attractive to the college students as medium for mass communication. The research paper will also interrogate the unique characteristics of Twitter that allows makes it have a following among the young people and whether it has the distinct advantage of fitting into their lifestyle.

Another area that the research paper will dwell on is on the impact Twitter has created on the traditional media houses that have embraced it. It is common for media houses to run their twitter pages and the research will be seeking to establish whether the media houses that are not active on Twitter are likely to lose some of the college students that are very attached to Twitter. The paper will further seek to determine whether the number of hours spent on TV by college students before 2006 has reduced with Twitter gaining popularity in the recent years. The research will also assess whether there are some college students that never bother to get information from the traditional newspapers and television networks but instead prefer getting all their news or new information from links provided by different people on Twitter.

The research paper will also seek to determine the role of Twitter in general elections in America since 2006. The paper will seek to explore whether more college students are driven to participate in politics through twitter. It will also find out whether there are groups of college students that have lost interest in politics as a result of the information they sometimes encounter on social media. The research will also seek to find out whether students politics have been shaped by Twitter from 2006. It will explore whether the traditional methods of campaigning using meetings and sports have been overtaken by the use of Twitter. The research will be determining the effectiveness of Twitter in passing messages to many people as well as how it has contributed to the distortion of information and fake news. It will seek to whether college students can differentiate between the truth and fake story on twitter.


The research will consider gathering facts about college students using the available information from both the academic and online sources. The research will also interrogate surveys that have previously been conducted on some colleges in the United States and determine their conclusions. The outcome of the research will be based on the outcome of analyzing information from different sources and come up with conclusion.


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The source will be useful in providing information on how Twitter becomes a part of life for the young people.

Bruns, A. and Moe, H., 2014. Structural layers of communication on Twitter. In Twitter and society (Vol. 89, pp. 15-28). Peter Lang.

The source is key to understanding how information moves along on twitter and whether it has a potential of reaching the masses.

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The source will be critical in explaining how twitter influences communication.

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The source will help in showing how some students may be using Twitter to learn and pass information.

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The source will be used to determine the role Twitter plays in influencing young voters most of whom are college students.

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The source will be used to explain how twitter can be viewed beyond a social site.

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The source will further help in explaining how Twitter has been used to influence masses and voters.

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The source will be used to compare traditional media houses and journalism has changed after the introduction of Twitter.

McKinney, B.C., Kelly, L. and Duran, R.L., 2012. Narcissism or openness?: College students’ use of Facebook and Twitter. Communication Research Reports29(2), pp.108-118.

The source will be used to explain the behavior of  college students when using Twitter.

Weller, K., Bruns, A., Burgess, J., Mahrt, M. and Puschmann, C., 2014. Twitter and society (Vol. 89, p. 447). P. Lang.

The source is critical in explaining the changes in the society that have been  brought about by the power of Twitter influencing the masses.

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