Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Social Media Is Ripping Nation Apart: Poll
just 27 percent of all adults believe that the platforms work to unite Americans
The majority of Americans believe social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are dividing the country rather than uniting it, according to a recent NBC News poll.
Though most Americans admit using social media at least once a day, they believe the tech giants are causing a massive rift in society.
66 percent of adults say they use social media at least once a day.
33 percent say that they don’t use social media.
The numbers are the same as 2018 and 2019 NBC poll figures.
64 percent of Americans believe social media platforms are dividing people rather than uniting them.
The figures include:
- Republicans (77 percent)
- Independents (65 percent)
- Democrats (54 percent)
The poll reveals a majority of Americans from all different ethnic backgrounds and ages believe social media is dividing the nation.
- Whites (70 percent)
- Latinos (56 percent)
- Young adults (61 percent)
- Seniors (71 percent)
Meanwhile, just 27 percent of all adults believe that the platforms work to unite Americans.
Black respondents are the one demographic split on the question, NBC notes.
42 percent say social media is divisive
And the other 40 percent say it’s more unifying.
A poll from 2019 asked the same questions, and 57 percent of respondents said that social media platforms do more to divide Americans, and 35 percent said they do more to unite citizens.
Daily social media users said platforms improve their lives, while 37 percent say that they make their lives worse.
Democrats, women, and college graduates are more likely to say social media improves their lives.
Meanwhile, Republicans, men, and those without college degrees are more likely to disagree.