Polarizing conversations with strangers in social media

Hey, you! Yes, you.

How do you feel about climate change? Would you say its more or less important than issues of immigration? What about universal basic income? Or the legalization of narcotics use? What about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine passports?

If you’re someone who frequently gets into online conflicts with strangers online, we want to hear from you.

My students and I at the C3 Lab, Dept of Computer Science (University of Calgary) with NTT Communication Science Labs (Japan) are interested in how social media design can better facilitate conversations about polarizing topics between strangers with diverse perspectives.

Interested? Fill out the Recruitment Questionnaire here (~5 min):

https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_554YojHAL4VeMom

Eligible participants must currently reside in Canada, be fluent in English, and be at least 18 years of age. Selected participants will be asked to participate in a short study task, and may be invited to a one-on-one interview with a researcher. Participants will be entered into a draw for one of ten $50 gift cards.

The UCalgary Research Ethics Board has approved this study (REB21-0847).

Photo by Szabo Viktor on Unsplash

PS. I’ll be speaking about topics such as these (how social media can foster meaningful connection, the design of human-centered humane technologies) with Prof. Sheri Madigan (Dep.t of Psychology, mental health, child development) on Monday Oct 4, 2021 at 6pm MST. This talk is hosted by the Mathison Center. Registration is free and open to the public. 🙂

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