Homophily: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
From a psychological perspective, we will look at how polarization and isolation can be created by social media and what can be done to prevent it.
- Last week, we saw that Dominique was able to connect with a community specifically tailored to her interests, thanks to algorithms. Through this community she found support, inspiration, and even friendship.
- This is a great example of siloing; however, there can be negatives to this function.
- Caught up in the complexities and rewards of social media, we tend to forget that there are many negative aspects and outcomes that can happen. Concepts such as polarization and isolation are
- Cyber bullying, addiction, burnout, comparison, and even the radicalization of terrorists are all tangible risks that can stem from a social medium.
- I believe fact checking and viewing unbiased content is beneficial to the psychological wellbeing of medium consumers.
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- Wiederhold, B. K. (2016). Low self-esteem and teens’ Internet addiction: What have we learned in the last 20 years? [Editorial]. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(6), 359.