I am writing a paper for college and one of the questions is this:
Social media as a networked economy lends to social activism and online communities. Assess this assertion critically with a case study.
I tried searching on the internet as to what 'lends to' means and it says I give something to someone or something. But how does this definition make sense in the question above? Can someone explain to me what 'lends to' means in the sentence above?