Beware of Filter Bubbles.
How social media can trap us inside ideological bubbles.
Hope you guys are doing great. Here are a few things which I thought were worth sharing this week.
An Idea: Filter Bubble
In the 21st century, the biggest source of information is social media channels. However, there is a hidden danger to these new platforms. They create a phenomenon called the filter bubble.
What’s a filter bubble?
A filter bubble refers to a state of intellectual isolation that can result when a website algorithm filters the information shown to a user based on their past consumption patterns. When we follow a certain kind of channel, the algorithm recommends more channels that are“similar” to the ones we already follow. Over time, we get pigeonholed into ideological bubbles that portray a certain kind of worldview.
What’s the solution?
If we get all our information through social media feeds, we become victims of the filter bubble phenomenon. A remedy to this problem might be to mix up our information sources.
Read books from different genres that offer multiple viewpoints on a certain topic. Meet people outside of your immediate social circles and travel to places with a different culture. Our thoughts and actions are downstream results that originate from our perception of the world. So let’s be more conscious about the forces that shape our perception.
Our downstream ideas and actions are the results of the upstream information we consume. The way we perceive is the way we think and the way we think is the way we do. So, control your information sources like your life depends on it. Because it does.
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