Social media is one of the biggest influences on today’s youth of today, and one of the most pressing current issues is voting.
Due to a very divided political system, young people are finally feeling that they have the power to change the world in ways that they believe will help. The United States Census Bureau states that from the years 1964 to 2012, youth votes lacked a lot of power and impact due to low voting participation among you adults.
This year alone, voter registration among young adults has risen dramatically. This could be caused in part by constant reminders to vote from media. From celebrities like Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans and Melissa McCarthy to activists like Emma Gonzalez and Delaney Tarr, many public figures have flooded the media with reminders to vote. There have also been so many videos on TV networks like the CW reminding people to vote and that their voices do matter and do make an impact.
It has also become much easier to vote and to register. There are so many different websites that a person can use to register, and they are so much more accessible and popular to use due to the rise of social media. Even internet memes have been created to remind people to vote and to speak their minds.
Nowadays, the youth has a growing interest in voting because they have learned that they can change the world — and if no one else is willing to step up, they will take matters into their own hands. The media has made voting much more accessible and given the power back to the youth. It has also reminded people through the influence of activists that anyone can change the world and that every vote matters.