Teens have found a way to express their opinion about real world issues through social media platforms, especially Twitter. During the recent presidential election, it was common to see teenagers actively discussing Trump’s views on certain subjects and how his policies would affect them. A generation previously known for having their phones glued to their faces have now been using said phones as a way to have their voice heard.
It is becoming increasingly common for teenagers to get their news and information about politics through Twitter. Alexis Isabel Moncada, better known on Twitter as @lexi4prez and owner of popular Twitter account and website called @feministculture, is an 18 year old attending Florida State University. Despite her relatively young age, she has over 275,000 followers combined, making her a powerful representative for the youth. Through her Twitter handles, she updates her followers on politics, feminism, and how that affects the youth. Additionally, she has also written for numerous publications, such as the Guardian, showing just how powerful social media can be.
“Since it’s so much easier to get your voice heard nowadays, a lot of people have been turning to use social media platforms like Twitter to voice their opinions,” stated Karen Kim, a junior at West Torrance High School. “In fact, I think it has become ‘cool’ to be updated on politics and to know what’s happening in the world right now. It’s really useful because it’s an engaging and interesting way to be updated about the world and policies without having it feel like a lecture.”
Twitter is no longer just a website where people can retweet memes and Vines. It has become an outlet for the younger generation, where anyone of any age and ethnicity can voice their opinions. It has evolved into a site where people can anticipate change.