The Negative Effects Of A Filter Bubble

Improved Essays
Social media has opened up countless possibilities for society. It has had several positive benefits such as allowing humans to interact with each other whether it be when they’re in the same city or even across the world from each other. Today’s culture heavily relies on this phenomenon called social media and although it has brought so many positive benefits it also has it’s negative ones. Social media has heavily influenced people's lives therefore causing young adults to be exposed to filtered content that is personalized and biased which creates a filter bubble that affects people’s everyday lives and their judgement. Using social media creates a filter bubble only adding reinforcement to the user’s beliefs setting them apart from reality …show more content…
The dictionary definition of a filter bubble is the intellectual isolation that occurs when websites assume the information a user would want to see based on a users former click behavior, browsing history, search history, and location. Since all of the information in a users timeline is based solely on searches that are related to only self interests, it can cause only biased posts to be presented. People can view this as a good thing in the way that only self interests are being presented, but if all information that is present is biased it can cause the user to see less conflicting point of views leading to an isolated mentality. Isolation between a person’s point of view and any opposing views is a problem and can be viewed as pure ignorance. Activist and author of Filter Bubbles , Eli Pariser describes filter bubbles as “personal ecosystems of information”. Pariser identifies filter bubbles to be present in every aspect of a person's life. Filter bubbles aren’t always brought upon from search engines such as google or social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it is also present in people’s social lives. Eli Pariser goes on to say how filter bubbles are present in people's everyday lives, he gives an example of people that live in gated communities thinking that luxurious cars and houses is the reality because of how filtered their life is. This may not seem …show more content…
This type of bias is a form of filter bubble that has been surrounding political topics since social media has made its way to be a very popular form of social engagement. One of the biggest controversies surrounding filter bubbles has been during the campaign and election of now president Donald Trump. Throughout 2016 and 2017 the media had been consumed by thousands of posts about the controversial statements he said throughout his presidential campaign, or so everybody thought. The world was blindsided when Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2017. Social media and its take on filtered content presented to their users is a big reason for a lot of people being surprised Trump's triumph over Hillary Clinton. Due to the controversial statements Donald Trump would say throughout his presidential election social media was masked with headlines about how many people disliked now president Trump. These headlines overshadowed Trump supporters and social media users were astonished because all the filtered posts hid the opposite point of view, masking the reality that Trump was ahead all along. Social media has made it relatively easy for people to filter out any views that aren’t the same as theirs, causing people to forget that people indeed do have opposing views and

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    This has actually come back to haunt most of the party; because no matter how many facts outlets, like The Huffington Post, report their supports continue to ignore them. So when they talk about facts dealing with the Donald Trump they simply won’t believe it because they have been trained not to believe the news. This disbelief in facts also extends to the science. Most scientists in this country would agree that climate change exists but the modern Republican party have made it to where their supporters think that scientists are just working with liberals to ruin their lives. Republican pundit Newt Gingrich even once stated that “liberals and progressives may use facts but he uses how people feel instead.” They have created a situation where they create fear to make supporters vote based on their feelings instead of researching the facts and making an educated decision.…

    • 1059 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Since those news networks are more democratic and liberal than republican, they report biased news to favor their candidate and ruin the image of the other one. Political strategists from these major news networks feed viewer’s information that caters to their own interests. Furthermore, Supporters and influencers would intentionally create “misleading and fake reports … against the two candidates” so that people would be more inclined to vote for one candidate over the other (Engadget). During the 2016 election, Facebook was extremely scrutinized for the amount of fake news stories being spread around. According to Facebook’s monitoring tool, “the top 20 fake news stories collectively got more engagements — shares, likes, and comments — than 20 factually accurate news stories shared by mainstream news outlets” (Business Insider).…

    • 1084 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Why, then, were so many Americans, those who voted for either candidate and those who did not vote at all, shocked when Trump was elected president? The answer is that the media majorly portrayed Clinton’s campaign in a positive light, while Trump’s was mostly in a negative one. News media instilled so much faith in Americans that come Tuesday night, Clinton would be celebrating. Presumably, if the media can evoke such a reaction from the American people, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what individuals can do when media influences their beliefs and perception of the world around them. Not only does this phenomenon affect America, but it also affects people around the world.…

    • 2167 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Superior Essays

    That was a bad part on Donald Trump, who is derogatory to his opposing candidate. His twitter account has more outrageous tweets, which are not beneficial to his presidential campaign. As for Hillary Clinton, she tries to reach the younger audience with her tweets. For instance, she tweets a picture of Social Icon - Kim Kardashian, Musical Mogul - Kayne West, and herself. These two are praised all over the worldwide web for their relationship.…

    • 1183 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Donald Trump Weaknesses

    • 683 Words
    • 3 Pages

    The media is fueling his campaign, creating more buzz, and getting his word and name out. Creating; the now drastic increase in the polls. The immaturity Trump continues to display when his lack of substance and inappropriate behavior addressed is fascinating and America loves it; which is creating the huge media frenz.,From Trumps inappropriate comment towards media anchor Megan Kelly about her “attitude” to him at the Republican GOP Debate; stating “ She had blood coming out of her. she has blood coming out of her-wherever” then defending himself. To the widely known immature comments on illegal immigrants and the way he handles Univision own, Jorge Ramos when he threw him out for asking hard questions on immigration.…

    • 683 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    People associate this phrase with a corrupt candidate that will make false promises and do nothing in office. This argument works especially well against Hillary because many already suspect her to be a liar due to the highly controversial email scandal. Trump also excites the audience with this point by convincing them that he is different from all the other politicians and will be able to make a real difference in office. Much of Trump 's campaign is centered around…

    • 1228 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Another, example about how Trump has shifted the paradigm of political rhetoric and especially dramatism is the idea of endorsements from various respected senators and governors. Various newspapers like the New York Times, wrote harsh editorials on Trump. In most normal campaigns that would kill any hope of getting the nomination but not Trump. If Hilary Clinton had a negative editorial written on her, her campaign for the president of the United States would be over. Trump though, is not one of those normal politicians who have been in Washington for years, Trump goes to his rallies and holds up that newspaper and rips it to shreds in front of his energized supporters.…

    • 840 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Because the two bring on those different kinds of emotions it typically causes people to act differently. During the Super Bowl people typically get super drunk and have a joyful fun time with their friends. Where as the election typically pisses people off and causes them to protest or people try to change the results of the election by claiming for recounts in states. This year the presidential election causes many people to protest in the streets because they wanted Hillary Clinton to win even though she is a criminal and has killed people. This years Super Bowl has not occurred yet but the…

    • 1317 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Superior Essays

    The results election of 2016, has shocked many citizens in the United States. It is incredible how Donald Trump was able to win the election, after everyone thought he was just fooling around. He has caught so much attention to the media, which has helped him increase more supporters. Nonetheless, half of the United States remains unsatisfied with the results for not many people went to vote and acted wisely. Because of this, America will be stuck with a president that will pass laws that will/will not benefit the public.…

    • 1025 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Argumentative Essay Has President Trump been treated unfairly by all forms of media? Media is defined as the main means of mass communication. Donald Trump was elected to be president in November of 2016. This brought anger to some and joy to others. It seems that he might be one of the most controversial presidents in our history.…

    • 1537 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays