Just listening to what you want will lead you to doubt even the facts

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Aug 26, 2016
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2016-just-listening-to-what-you-want-will-lead-you-to-doubt-even-the-facts
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Published
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reality
disinformation
media
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Just listening leads to doubt: The impact of social media on public discourse and the erosion of belief in facts
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Post
Studies indicate that social networks have had a strong impact on public discussion in the world. As algorithms tend to cater to user preferences, they are increasingly being exposed to opinions similar to theirs, thus preventing the discussion that is the basis of democracy. This article from the Poynter Institute suggests that this confirmation bias is reaching the point where people no longer believe in #proven facts, if these are not in line with their own beliefs.
Reading lots of partisan news online makes you more likely to hold inaccurate beliefs even if you are aware of the prevailing evidence
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Postscriptum: it will lead you to doubt everything, especially the facts.

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