The Impact of Social Media on Social Cohesion: A Double‐Edged Sword

Stefan Stieglitz, Björn Ross

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Abstract / Description of output

Social media plays a major role in public communication in many countries. Therefore, it has a large impact on societies and their cohesion. This thematic issue explores the impact social media has on social cohesion on a local or national level. The nine articles in this issue focus on both the potential of social media usage to foster social cohesion and the possible drawbacks of social media which could negatively influence the development and maintenance of social cohesion. In the articles, social cohesion is examined from different perspectives with or without the background of crisis, and on various social media platforms. The picture that emerges is that of social media as, to borrow a phrase used in one of the articles, a double‐edged sword.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-107
Number of pages4
JournalMedia and Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • crisis communication
  • social cohesion
  • social divide
  • social media
  • social movements
  • polarization
  • political communication


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