Facebook is making you stupid: study

A new study shows that Facebook provides users with selective exposure to content, which creates echo chambers and encourages the spreading of misinformation.

By - January 13, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
Facebook friend invite header

A new study shows that Facebook encourages users to look for information which confirms their beliefs, and to ignore conflicting evidence.

The study, The spreading of misinformation online, found that the availability of user-provided content in social media facilitates the aggregation of people around common interests and narratives.

“However, the Web also allows for the rapid dissemination of unsubstantiated rumours and conspiracy theories that often elicit rapid, large, but naive social responses,” the study said.

It was also found that consumers of scientific and conspiracy stories on Facebook present similar consumption patterns with respect to content.

“Homogeneity appears to be the primary driver for the diffusion of contents, and each echo chamber has its own cascade dynamics.”

In summary, the study found that Facebook is a place where like-minded people form small communities, and conspiracy theories and other baseless information is easily spread.

More on Facebook

Biggest Facebook topics of 2015

Mark Zuckerberg to take off from Facebook for paternity leave

Facebook taking on Google and YouNow with live video

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Would you rather use your fingerprint instead of a PIN to make card payments?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

The new Netflix movies and series releasing in 2016

Netflix on laptop screen

Here’s a selection of the top new Netflix original series and movies coming in 2016.

Telecoms policy in South Africa is dysfunctional

South Africa Broadband connected internet

The battle over South Africa’s wireless broadband spectrum auction highlights significant government policy missteps, says local technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck.

Fill your tank – South African petrol shortage coming

Petrol nozzle in hand

Motorists have been advised to fill their tanks, as fuel shortages are expected to hit South Africa soon.

Telkom FreeMe glitch on prepaid bundle fixed

Telkom shadow logo

Telkom has fixed a glitch that affected voice minute bundle allocations for prepaid subscribers.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×