Summary of Technologists Are Trying to Fix the “Filter Bubble” Problem that Tech Helped Create
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People want to surround themselves with like-minded peers with similar interests and values. On social media, algorithms pick up on people’s preferences and show more and more of the same perspective, thus reinforcing existing beliefs. The social divide that these “filter bubbles” foster makes it more and more difficult for people with divergent views to relate – even offline. However, if social media were the main culprit, diversifying social media feeds could cure society’s polarization. Journalist Adam Piore, writing for the MIT Technology Review, explains why the filter bubble isn’t simply a social media phenomenon. getAbstract recommends this insightful read to anyone interested in finding out why technical solutions alone can’t pop filter the bubble.
In this summary, you will learn
- How communities of like-minded individuals form naturally online and become more insular over time,
- Why trying to force a diversity of ideas on social media users through the use of technology may not yield the desired results, and
- What steps social media users can take to expand their exposure to new ideas.
About the Author
Adam Piore is an award-winning journalist and author of The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human.