This study employs a national survey to empirically evaluate the impact of internet utilization on subjective social justice in China. Empirical evidence supports that Internet use generates a significant negative effect on individual perceived social justice (in general, -6%). Residents that use the Internet more frequently exhibit lower level of perceived social fairness and the negative effect is stronger for rural residents. For robustness checking, multi-level estimations with aggregated measures as well as comparison tests with traditional media are applied and results consistently support our findings.
Internet; Subjective Social Justice; Empirical Analysis; Regional Heterogeneity
2019 Special Focus: The Future of Democracy in the Digital Age
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Associate Professor, Cultural Industry Management , Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China