Editorial: Students should be more aware of ‘filter bubbles’

For those who use social media, it’s very easy to get trapped in your own ideological bubble. Because we are able to curate our own news feeds, we can pick and choose the types of content we are exposed to. With social media algorithms that prioritize some content over others based on our online activity, it’s now even more challenging to avoid falling into our own echo chambers. These algorithms are a doubled-edged sword—while they allow us to take in the content that we care about and want to see, they also reinforce our beliefs. The problem with echo chambers is the lack of exposure to ideas that may challenge our own. When we engage in behaviours such as deleting […]

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Letter: News needs to be consumed more critically on social media

Most of you reading this probably get your news from social media first. You might see something on Facebook/Twitter/Reddit/Snapchat and then go to a news site like Metro, the Globe and Mail, or the Charlatan, but how many of you turn on the T.V. at a set time every day and watch your news? And how many of you even have a T.V. with cable if you’re a university student living away from your parents? Getting news from social media isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but social media algorithms definitely show you news catered to what you’ve searched before. Facebook tracks your click history (and even allows you to hide content from any source you wish), making the news we […]

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Editorial: Roommate conflicts can be amplified by social media

With lack of communication being so core to many conflicts, including roommate conflicts, the increased presence of social media in university students’ lives is not helping at all. Perhaps being so used to communicating our thoughts and feelings virtually has caused the deterioration of many students’ ability to communicate face-to-face. Social media has made conflict resolution much more difficult, especially when conflicts can become more magnified by passive aggression expressed through the different channels of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter. When talking things over in person takes a backseat to sub-Tweeting your roommate drama online, students’ conflict resolution skills suffer as a result. Disagreements over how clean your shared living space needs to be, or over how loud your music […]

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Cell Phone Stress: How Social Media is Controlling Our Lives

Turn to your left. Turn to your right. Both of the people next to you were probably looking at their phones. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your phone right now. Digital technology has become such an integral part of our lives that people are actually becoming addicted to their cell phones. This is especially feared for the millennial generation, who are some of the most active mobile users. Who suffers from cell phone addiction the most? Anne Bowker, a professor of psychology at Carleton, said there are a myriad of causes for mental health problems related to cell phone overuse. “There is research that suggests a strong link between lack of sleep and heightened feelings of anxiety and stress,” […]

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Opinion: Engagement defeats “fake news”

The rise of the internet was supposed to be the dawn of a new era, with access to information that previous generations could only dream about. It was meant to bring people together from across the world and to foster educated and thoughtful debates. Unfortunately, the idealistic vision I just described couldn’t be farther from today’s reality. Far too often in an increasingly polarized society, people are ignoring the vast resources at their disposal and are instead cherry-picking questionable evidence to back up their claims. The abandonment of fact-based research is making it extremely difficult for people to grasp the complexities of issues, or acknowledge that another side to an argument might exist. Many are intent on decrying the rise […]

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