Facebook Boosts Voter Turnout

In 61-million-person experiment, researchers show online social networks influence political participation, with close relationships mattering most

About one third of a million more people showed up at the ballot box in the United States in 2010 because of a single Facebook message on Election Day, estimates a new study led by the University of California, San Diego. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. James FowlerLead author of the study report is Dr. James H. Fowler, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics and professor of political science in the Division of Social Sciences.

Dr. Fowler’s research is concerned with social networks, behavioral science, evolution, politics, genetics and big data. In recent medicine-related studies, he has examined the dynamics of alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity in large social networks.