Have you ever thought about how people seem to have become more polarized in their views? Today I was listening to a guy who knows a lot about security and technology speak in The Edge series from Life Leadership. He pointed out the dangers of social media. This one was unlike any danger I had ever heard. He said that social media is narrowing our political/spiritual/social view on life. We only "like" what we like. We only "follow" certain people. The advertisements are geared towards our personal computer/search habits. We are putting ourselves in a bubble, but so are search engines.
A Dangerous Cycle of Reaffirmation
Basically what we are doing is reaffirming to ourselves that we are right. Few people reach out and look for varying views. Most choose to find things that either affirm their own belief, or are so kooky that they make those with varying beliefs seem ridiculous.
This made me think about a few days ago when I went on YouTube. I intentionally wanted to see what people felt about a particular hot topic. I have a certain leaning, and YouTube has gathered this due to my searches. The problem is, I could only find things that I particularly agreed with. When I did find things that appeared to support the opposite point of view, it mocked that point of view.
How Can We Ever Learn Others Perspective?
The problem is, I sincerely wanted to hear what others are saying. I ended up giving up, turning off my computer, and going to bed. I didn't think too much of why this happened at the time. Instead I thought it was odd, since I knew there had to be hundreds, possibly thousands of videos that opposed my point of view. I just accepted it an didn't question it.
Then as this man spoke, I was struck at why that had happened. I had trained my computer to only see that point of view, because it's something I am passionate about. Then I got to think about how since the internet learns our behaviors, it has not allowed for true healthy conversation on the topics. I then realized, two people can search the same thing, and based on tendencies, searches will come up that support what that person would typically want to hear. Had many of my friends typed the same search in YouTube, it is likely different videos would have shown up.
Maybe We Shouldn't Be So Eager for Tech Advancements
On a deeper side of this, it is making me realize that our technology, though very great and helpful, has many very far-reaching issues that should cause us to be hesitant even when typing in a search or looking up "facts." I love technology, but we definitely need to use with caution.
This Christian mom is far from perfect, but continually strives to grow and develop. She is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction and focuses a lot on personal growth. She loves to share what she has learned through her studies and her own failures, as well as walks alongside other mothers as they learn together the ins and outs of parenting.