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It’s not echo chamber effect of social media

In Internet on 20/05/2018 at 4:48 am

It’s all about “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”.

Contrary to popular belief, we now hear more diverse voices than ever before – studies suggest that most people do not live in Facebook or Twitter echo chambers and ‘filter bubbles’. So why is global politics still so divided?

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180416-the-myth-of-the-online-echo-chamber

People become more divided because we are dismissive of contrary evidence that challenges our beliefs

“motivated reasoning”. Countless studies have shown that we are so attached to our political identities that we will devote extra cognitive resources to dismissing any evidence that disagrees with our initial point of view, so that we end up even more sure of our convictions.

Or because a little knowledge is dangerous

But an alternative possible explanation comes from the psychology of ‘self-licensing’ – the unconscious belief that once we have shown our open-mindedness in one situation, we have somehow earned the credentials to be more prejudiced later on. One study from 2008 found that people who had supported Barack Obama were subsequently more likely to express a potentially racist view, for instance. By reading a few dissenting voices on Facebook or Twitter, we may feel that we have already gained the right to be more dogmatic about our existing opinions. Anecdotally, at least, this seems to have been the case for a few of my own acquaintances following the UK’s referendum on Europe in 2016.

 

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