Free Debate is Impossible in the age of Social Media Bubbles and Echo Chambers

While at work a few weeks back, Myself and a work colleague began to debate a hot topic, the topic was the alleged rise in the number of rape cases in Sweden because of migrants. I challenged my colleague about where he got his statistics from and his answer was the internet.

With each answer of the word the internet, my colleague replied more aggressively and it got to a point where my colleague was shouting and treating me all because I wanted to discuss a topic and where the information came from. Yet it made me think about our activity in the online world.

Since the creation of social media, (I.E. Facebook and Twitter) we have been able to input as much data about the things we like and the thoughts we wish to here. It’s like our online social media page is our own little bubble, A proverbial echo chamber for our very own self.

It’s scary the level of detail to which these echo chambers go to, just check out how much Facebook wants to know about you, from the start they want to know: Your educational background, your relationships and family connections, your religious views and most importantly your political believes.

Just think for a second, I could, in theory, have my own little social media bubble on Facebook designed to be: An Eton graduate, librel Democratic, Pro EU Anti Gun and Christian person.

Let’s continue with the role play and imagine that all the people I have as “Friends” on the site share the same opinions and share content Until one person decides to share an arugiument on leaving the EU. What do we do? We simply unfriend them and bury our head back into the bubble.

This works both ways and isn’t just confined to the more left-leaning side of politics, the right-leaning side of politics is equally as dangerous, We could reverse the opinions of the role play and have a Pro EU person share an argument for staying in the EU and what would we do? we’d unfriend them and bury our heads in the sand of our echo chamber.

Using that logic, the concept of a free debate is near impossible, We’ve become two tribes that won’t debate each other, instead if we disagree, we shout down our opponent and call them silly little names like a Snowflake or a Deplorable. Look at the 2016 EU referendum and the 2016 US Election, they both were incredibly toxic because we made them toxic with our echo chambers.

So how can we debate like mature people when we cannot see beyond our bubble? The Answer is to include each other’s sides in the chamber. follow both liberal media outlets and conservative outlets. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and most importantly respect that other people can be opinionated.





IMO: Why Social media makes us insecure

Every day we use the likes of Facebook Snapchat and Twitter, Regardless of where we are in the world, we have our portable digital lives with us.

Everyone on occasion will ask other people what they think of me.Even I am guilty of asking other people of what they think of me. It’s Second nature to ask my boyfriend how do I look? or am I behaving correctly?

It’s Purely ok to be like this but our social media usage has amplified this and is now beginning to start causing problems. Social Media is making us all insecure and worrisome about every aspect of our lives.

It’s Unbelievable the lengths that people go to, in the past two weeks on both Snapchat and Facebook I have had people send me links to a Sarahah page asking to review them.

I looked onto the page and it was asking some very personal questions, asking about the appearance of the person and I just gave up and logged out.

I was genuinely worried about the person, I Spent hours thinking of why someone would be so worked about what everyone else thinks?

Why are we going against everything we have been told from a young age? we were always told to not care about what others think and focus on yourself. That As long as you were happy with who you were then nothing else matters.

It’s the attitude I have every day, I go out the house dressed in tracksuits and a vest and I don’t care what others think to about it.

Why are we always stressing about our outfits and what others think of them? I don’t get on a bus wearing chinos and a dress shirt and think “Oh what does this person think about my outfit” or “what will facebook say?”

My Point is that social media makes us feel insecure, that what we wear is the only thing people judge us on. When really we can’t judge a book by its cover but rather the content inside.

This was IMO by Jordan Dodds For Journaling Thoughts