Second Screening for News and Digital Divides

Matthew Barnidge, Trevor Diehl, Hernando Rojas

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Second screening is a relatively new set of media practices that arguably empower audiences to shape public narratives alongside news organizations and political elites. But in developing countries such as Colombia, it is important to examine who participates in this process, as substantial inequalities in both access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) persist. This study examines how socioeconomic status (SES) relates to the adoption of second screening practices in Colombia, a country in which the technological access and literacy necessary to engage in these practices are becoming widespread but are not yet ubiquitous. Based on a random sample of face-to-face interviews, results show evidence of persistent digital divides in Colombia in terms of ICT access, ICT use, and second screening for news. Additionally, results indicate that the relationship between SES and second screening for news is indirect, mediated through technological access and public affairs engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-72
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019


  • Colombia
  • Latin America
  • digital divides
  • digital inequalities
  • dual screening
  • news use
  • second screening
  • social media
  • social networking sites


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