Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Indonesian Youth and Social Media: A Study About Political Preferences in Digital Era
Aria Atyanto Satwiko

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 126
Date: 2019-07-23 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-18


This paper would like to see how the exposure of information flow in social media affects youth generation's political preferences, because as we have seen, technology and information in today's age are growing rapidly and are used for many things, such as during election periods, campaigns in the real world go hand in hand with campaigns in the digital world. In Indonesia itself, because of the many political parties that compete to attract votes from different parts of society, the use of the digital world, precisely social media, as part of their campaign tool is a thing that has been commonplace for the past decade. Political contestations that occur in social media often use black campaigns, ranging from the use of racial issues to the use of religious issues as a tool to bring down their political opponents. Youth generation in Indonesia itself can be said to be still vulnerable in sorting out which information is correct and where the information is wrong, because even though they grow up with the digital world, their literacy rate in finding and verifying the correct information is still quite low. The data i use in this paper comes from the research we conducted in 2017 about the attitude and perception of Indonesian youth on their role in Indonesia and the role of Indonesia in religion, in Jakarta and Makassar which are two big cities in Indonesia.