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The Availability Heuristic and the Monster Who Feeds It

Availability heuristics and the paranoid prone

Does social media create dark mental shortcuts for the paranoid-prone? The media does not report the mundane.  The mundane does not sell advertising space.  The extraordinary sells advertising space.  Furthermore, we engage the extraordinary on social media.  Likes, shares, re-tweets, pins.  Each time we tell the system that something has our attention–no matter how dark, […]

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Too Many Sharks on Facebook

Too Many Sharks on Facebook

Availability Heuristics in the Age of Social Media If you read a story about a shark attack and share it, hoping to warn friends and family that live near beaches that there are shark attacks, Facebook’s algorithm sees this as you engaging with a story about shark attacks and makes a note of it.  Because […]

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