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Polarization on Social Media: When Group Dynamics Leads to Societal Divides

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dc.contributor.author Rychwalska, Agnieszka
dc.contributor.author Roszczyńska-Kurasińska, Magdalena
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-28T00:57:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-28T00:57:28Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01-03
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-1-9
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/50150
dc.description.abstract Polarization of group opinions - a natural mechanism that enables groups to stay intrinsically cohesive - explains why after multiple interactions individual and group opinions shift towards the extremes. Recently, significant polarization of opinions can be witnessed in the public discourse of many Western societies in a range of topics. We argue here that the prevalence of social media together with its specific design may amplify natural group dynamics and strengthen the divisions. We present an agent based model wherein implementation of polarization mechanisms together with social media properties leads to increased segregation and radicalization of opinions. We propose certain design choices for social media platforms that could help ameliorate the problem.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Social Media and Communities
dc.subject agent based modeling, polarization, social media
dc.title Polarization on Social Media: When Group Dynamics Leads to Societal Divides
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2018.263
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