In the United States, some users have been focused on the ability of social media to create a "filtering bubble"-which means that users communicate more online with people who share their views, that is, social media often reinforces this view by providing recommendation algorithms for filtered results for personalized searches. This leads some users to believe that sometimes it is generally considered correct and popular that the view is wrong.
Emerging markets are experiencing a different phenomenon, according to Pew.
The study found that there is no intelligencecellphoneThe smartphone users in these markets, in particular those who use social media, are more often exposed to people with different ethnic and ethnic backgrounds, different religious preferences, different political parties and different income levels, rather than in isolation, as compared to those who use social media.
In Mexico, for example, 57% of smartphone users often interact with people of other religions, compared with 38% of people without smartphones. More than half (54%) interact with people who support different political parties. They were 24% more likely to interact with people of different income levels and 17% more likely to interact with people of different races or ethnic backgrounds.
Pew pointed out that these trends helped in the countries studied, with 66% saying they interacted with people of different income levels, 51% saying they interacted with people of different races or nationalities, 50% saying they interacted with people with different religious views, and 44% saying they interacted with people who supported dissidence. Interaction between Party members.
The study also points out that the use of social media and messaging applications is considered a huge contributor because it makes people more likely to meet people who are different from them.
The report, however, does not indicate that the use of smartphones and related social media is the cause of an increase in the diversity of the lives of these people. This may have other reasons. In general, smartphone users may have more resources and money-after all, they have smart phones-only this can help them to contact a more diverse group of people.
In other words, smartphones are helping people keep in touch with family and friends far away and build online networks of people they have never seen with their own eyes.
More than half of the population of the countries surveyed said they met less than 50% of the people they called or texted. In fact, 93% of respondents said they kept in touch with people who had extensive contacts. The median of 46% indicates that they usually rarely or almost never meet their Facebook friends. However, all these connections are not entirely positive.
An earlier Pew report found that users in these 11 countries believe that the Internet and social media are making people more divided and sometimes only more receptive to different views. It is different to be exposed to diversity and to accept it.
The new report also deals with the way the smartphone is used. For example,82 per cent of the respondents said they were used to text messages,69 per cent said they were used to take pictures or videos, and 61 per cent saw health information, while 47 per cent said they used them to look for news and political information, while 37 per cent used information about government resources.
Pew also studied the impact of smartphones on the digital divide, pointing out that people who have access to these devices and social media, as well as younger people,educationHigher-level people and men benefit more than others.
Pew pointed out that the study was based on face-to-face interviews conducted by D3 Systems, based on national samples.