Discussing politics is an important act both for personal development and democratic engagement. However, few researchers have explored how the nature of recent college graduates’ political talk evolves over time. This study reports on data about political talk from a four-year longitudinal study of recent college graduates. We found participants reported noticeable growth in their ability to talk about politics but indicated they were not necessarily talking more. Participants also described experiencing ebbs and flows in how they talked about politics mediated by context, distinguishing between political and social issues, and souring on social media as a platform for political talk.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of College Student Development|
|State||Published - May 1 2022|