Some television stations also used a similar real-time app that allowed viewers to sign in to the station sites during the debate and register their responses to the candidates’ remarks. Boydstun said he hopes the app will spur a greater engagement in politics by young adults and provide a variety of teaching resources for instructors.
But perhaps the most telling result was the distinction some viewers made between who won the debate and who might win the election. Techzone 360.com reported that 52 percent of those using the React Labs app said they believed Romney won the debate, but 60 percent said they intended to vote for Obama. So Romney may have won a battle, but not the war.