Understanding How Online Social Networks Contribute to Polarization

Awarded Scholars:
Jay Van Bavel, New York University
Project Date:
Apr 2022
Award Amount:

Almost four billion people use social media platforms, making it increasingly important to understand how social media impacts intergroup conflict and affective polarization, that is, disdain for out-group members. Psychologist Jay Van Bavel will examine which social media platforms are associated with polarization and will test interventions to decrease polarization. His work will advance debates about the ways in which social media contributes to polarization and will offer practical solutions to reduce polarization online.


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