Social media news consumers at higher risk of ‘information bubbles,’ study says

Dec 17, 2015

source: Indiana University

Indiana University researchers have found that people who seek out news and information from social media are at higher risk of becoming trapped in a “collective social bubble” compared to using search engines.

The study, “Measuring online social bubbles,” was recently published in the open-access online journal PeerJ Computer Science. The results are based on an analysis of over 100 million Web clicks and 1.3 billion public posts on social media.

“These findings provide the first large-scale empirical comparison between the diversity of information sources reached through different types of online activity,” said Dimitar Nikolov, a doctoral student in the School of Informatics and Computing at IU Bloomington, who is lead author on the study. “Our analysis shows that people collectively access information from a significantly narrower range of sources on social media compared to search engines.”

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7 comments on “Social media news consumers at higher risk of ‘information bubbles,’ study says

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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    Only if YOU have the one key for it…

    Which you never do for the obvious reason why you ended up in that room in the first place.

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  • NearlyNakedApe
    Dec 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Which you never do for the obvious reason why you ended up in that room in the first place.

    But in some places the “reasons” can be a bit dubious! –
    Especially when those making decisions all live in the same information bubble!

    A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in God, according to a humanist charity.

    Mubarak Bala was being held against his will at the hospital after his Muslim family took him there, it said.

    The hospital said it was treating Mr Bala, 29, for a “challenging psychological condition”, and would not keep him longer than necessary.

    Kano is a mainly Muslim state and adopted Islamic law in 2000.

    The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) says that when Mr Bala told relatives he did not believe in God, they asked a doctor if he was mentally ill.

    .Despite being told that he was not unwell, Mr Bala’s family then went to a second doctor, who declared that his atheism was a side-effect of suffering a personality change, the group says.

    Mr Bala, a chemical engineering graduate, was forcibly committed to a psychiatric ward at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, but was able to contact activists using a smuggled phone, it says.

    That sounds very theist! If expert opinion does not tell you what you want to hear, seek another opinion!!

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  • Good advice phil; I used to think I didn’t have any enemies, only friends on the other side; but on 9/11 I learnt how wrong I was!

    As always, I stand to be corrected, but I think this place provides information and knowledge first and foremost, with the social aspects arising out of it naturally, because we homo sapiens are social animals.

    Personally, I avoid “social media”, because it seems to me that in general terms it’s vacuous and anti social.

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  • Self fulfilling in the nastiest way, that one. Atheists are crazy, by definition. After all, you’d have to be crazy to get yourself locked up like that. No sane person would let the disguise drop enough to get Noticed. The subtext I read is that many many people there are borderline crazy in this way, just need a bit of an example made of some poor sod to whip them back into line. Which leads to the hope that the whole edifice will collapse really soon, but it may cost dearly some brave souls who step up to call this evil bluff. Outside help required, but how?

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