Turns out, not many people change their minds because of something they see on social media

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Think your political rants on Facebook or Twitter are persuasive enough to get other people to change their opinions? Don’t flatter yourself.

A recent study from the Pew Research Center reveals that exposure to opposing views on social media has not caused most Americans to change their own stance on issues in the past year. Just 14 percent of the 4,594 US adults surveyed between May 29 and June 11 said they have changed their views about a political or social issue in the past year due to something they saw on social media.

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“Certain groups, particularly young men, are more likely than others to say they’ve modified their views because of social media,” according to Pew Research Assistant Kristen Bialik. “Around three-in-ten men ages 18 to 29 (29 percent) say their views on a political or social issue changed in the past year due to social media.” Read more…

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