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Social Bubbles: How They Prevent Students from Seeing Different Perspectives on Historical Events and Social Issues

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The March/April issue of Social Education always includes articles focused on economics and articles on technology. Economics is not my strongest area, and I wasn't sure what technology topic I would select. Then, one day, I picked up my morning paper and on the front page was an article titled, "Trapped in the Bubble." It reported on a doctoral student's study (along with other students and faculty in Indiana University's School of Informatics) which demonstrated that the more people rely on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and similar sources for the news, the more they are likely to get trapped in a "collective social bubble." The research showed that people who get their news from social media had less diversity than those who use search engines such as Google or Bing. The researchers found people tend to click on sites and stories they agree with and "Rather than finding news alone, people are sharing it among like-minded people."
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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