In short, with the exception of Facebook users' high levels of patriotism, young people who watch the news on television tend to identify as patriotic more than those who read news on social media, though the two categories are not mutually exclusive.
According to Webster's, patriotism is love for and devotion to one's country." But that simple definition is woefully inadequate. It is also possible that the patriotic surge created a political climate under which it was possible for the Bush Administration to launch wars first in Afghanistan and then (far more controversially) in Iraq.
The building of national monuments does much in the way of promoting a pride and acknowledgment of the state, as do events such as veteran days and other ceremonial enactments. Whenever a country is at war, people are more vocal about their patriotism, playing patriotic songs and making speeches full of national pride.
The Reformation ushered in the objective to convert church services and especially scripture into the national tongue and to transform the faceless mass of believers into members of an autonomous religious community. The auction runs from May 11 through Memorial Day in honor of Military Appreciation Month with all proceeds benefitting the USO (United Service Organizations).
This is the level of pettiness one descends to through the defence of bogus nationalism. Even advocates for the cosmopolitan ideal have come to understand that the sentiment of patriotism is indispensable to the development of the kind of social bonds that foster solidarity and mutuality in a society.
Thus, the philosophical debate over patriotism takes place in the context of the debate over "special obligations." Here the question is whether patriotism is prohibited (e.g., as necessarily jingoistic, as violating a moral standard of impartiality), permissible (and if so, under what conditions), or a duty (e.g., as a necessary condition for a well-functioning polity, or as a special obligation toward one's fellow citizens).