Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Spiral of Silence… What?

A predominant connotation arising when we talk about social media is free speech. A Pew Research Center study evolving out of pre-internet era human behavior insight called spiral of silence shows that it is not always the case.

Spiral of silence suggests that people have a tendency “not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared”.

Conducted right after Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations of widespread government surveillance by the Government of United States of America, the study claims “previous spiral of silence findings as to people’s willingness to speak up in various settings also apply to social media users.”

For those who are interested in the findings here is the full report:

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/

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