How social media shapes polarization

Jay J. Van Bavel, Steve Rathje, Elizabeth Harris, Claire Robertson, Anni Sternisko

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Abstract

This article reviews the empirical evidence on the relationship between social media and political polarization. We argue that social media shapes polarization through the following social, cognitive, and technological processes: partisan selection, message content, and platform design and algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • polarization
  • politics
  • psychology
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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