Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Filter Bubble: Facebooker's social networks dwindling in diversity

The Filter Bubble:

Check the post link above for more details and analysis. (Sorry for the unusual post formatting, BTW; Windows Live Writer and Blogger are not getting along this morning...)

"Less reported in the media, however, were the study’s findings on possible filter bubble effects of Facebook. Are online social network sites (SNS) narrowing our information streams, leaving us less exposed to a diversity of views, as Eli warns?

The good news is that SNS’s are not, according to Pew, making us more close-minded. When asked whether they agreed with statements like “I believe that there are two sides to every question and I try to look at them both,” Internet and social network users were just as willing to be open-minded as other Americans. The one exception were Myspace users, who were more open-minded than any one else (theories on why are welcome in the comments section)."

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