The Influence of Social Media on Political Polarization
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of
Political Science, Department of
BURS Faculty Advisor
Dr. Nathan Griffith
Social media has been widely regarded as a significant contributor to the rising political polarization levels found in our society. Scholars find that it exacerbates political polarization by reinforcing existing beliefs. Furthermore, specific mechanisms of social media have been attributed to influencing the levels of political polarization.
My study focuses on determining which of the common features exacerbates political polarization the most. The three mechanisms of social media platforms I study are echo chambers, selective exposure, and filter bubbles. I study three popular social media platforms; each of the three platforms serves as a proxy for one of the three mechanisms. All three features are designed to reinforce existing beliefs, however, all three of them reinforce benefits differently and at varying levels.
Patel, Sweeti, "The Influence of Social Media on Political Polarization" (2022). Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS). 42.