Teens on Tech: Understanding Online Echo Chambers & Social Media Algorithms

Teens on Tech is an ongoing series with our partners, My Digital Tat2, to share adolescents’ perspectives on their digital worlds.

As a dedicated member of his high school’s speech club, Eric Lee has always been interested in the ways that people communicate – particularly online. In this article, he discusses his perspective on online echo chambers and social media curation algorithms.

         “I became interested in this topic when I first got on TikTok and when I was going through the Instagram Explore page,” Eric explains.

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Welcome to “Teens on Tech”: Our New Series with My Digital Tat2

The Social Media Lab is proud to announce our partnership with My Digital Tat2, a non-profit organization that addresses how to help children, teens, and young adults cultivate healthy habits and thoughtful online behavior to integrate technology into our lives in a constructive way.

         Questions about the effects of social media use on children and teenagers are abundant in scientific literature. However, one perspective that has been conspicuously absent is the voice of children and teens themselves.

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Stocking the Social Pantry: How are we to connect with others when we are stuck at home (and why it’s important)

The Bay Area of California — where we both currently live — is under orders to “shelter in place.” This is a more strict form of social distancing, which we both agree is a terrible term because it conflates “social” with “physical proximity.” As online communication researchers, we know there are many ways to be social while still physically separated.

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Doubly disadvantaged? Older adults, social technologies, and the coronavirus outbreak

The novel coronavirus is here and the situation is changing by the hour. Amidst all the breaking news, one piece of information about the coronavirus has been consistent and unchanging: older adults, particularly those over the age of 80, are most at-risk.

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Quality time, online: Staying connected with social technologies during the coronavirus outbreak

As the novel respiratory virus COVID-19 spreads throughout numerous countries, governments and public healthcare systems are working tirelessly to contain the disease. In many places like Stanford, this includes implementing social distancing policies – urging people to avoid large gatherings, to work from home when possible, and to limit contact with others to minimize the spread of the disease. (For more on this, check out “Flatten the Curve”).

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