Your Facebook opinion has no effect on me


It doesn’t matter whether you like it, it’s common practice to share on Facebook and Twitter your support, or lack thereof, for political candidates and issues. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense when so many people hold firmly to their beliefs and won’t change their mind anyways.  So why bother?

For me, there are two main reasons. 

  1. It reminds people that there are opposing views out there and the entirety of the world does not agree with them. It helps prevent some of the silos. 
  2. It reminds people that others they respect and perhaps look up to for being intelligent and good people disagree with them. This helps them to see that diverging opinions probably have merit even if they hate those ideas. 

With the increased use of social media algoeithms, it’s getting easier to go an entire day and not see any opinions that differ from yours. We need to see and appreciate the diversity of people and opinion. 

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One response

  1. listenandlearnresearch

    Hi Annie

    Great post, thanks.

    This reminds me of the Brexit fallout on Facebook. I felt I was stranded on an island with people holding the same opinions and reactions that I had.

    We need to be exposed to important, contrary views because this is the only way we’re likely to think about our own bias.

    There seem to be two challenges:

    i. how to make sure we challenge ourselves to look at content that makes us uncomfortable?

    ii. how to encourage tech firms to remove the algorithmic blinkers (or at least make us aware that they’re there)?

    Jeremy

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