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Teens see social media algorithms as accurate reflections of themselves, study finds

By Nora McDonald, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, George Mason University
Social media apps regularly present teens with algorithmically selected content often described as “for you,” suggesting, by implication, that the curated content is not just “for you” but also “about you” – a mirror reflecting important signals about the person you are.

All users of social media are exposed to these signals, but researchers understand that teens are at an especially malleable stage in the formation of personal identity. Scholars have begun to demonstrate…The Conversation

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