Challenging Social Media Threats using Collective Well-being Aware Recommendation Algorithms and an Educational Virtual Companion

01/25/2021
by   Dimitri Ognibene, et al.
0

Social media (SM) have become an integral part of our lives, expanding our inter-linking capabilities to new levels. There is plenty to be said about their positive effects. On the other hand however, some serious negative implications of SM have repeatedly been highlighted in recent years, pointing at various SM threats for society, and its teenagers in particular: from common issues (e.g. digital addiction and polarization) and manipulative influences of algorithms to teenager-specific issues (e.g. body stereotyping). The full impact of current SM platform design – both at an individual and societal level – asks for a comprehensive evaluation and conceptual improvement. We extend measures of Collective Well-Being (CWB) to SM communities. As users' relationships and interactions are a central component of CWB, education is crucial to improve CWB. We thus propose a framework based on an adaptive "social media virtual companion" for educating and supporting the entire students' community to interact with SM. The virtual companion will be powered by a Recommender System (CWB-RS) that will optimize a CWB metric instead of engagement or platform profit, which currently largely drives recommender systems thereby disregarding any societal collateral effect. CWB-RS will optimize CWB both in the short term, by balancing the level of SM threat the students are exposed to, as well as in the long term, by adopting an Intelligent Tutor System role and enabling adaptive and personalized sequencing of playful learning activities. This framework offers an initial step on understanding how to design SM systems and embedded educational interventions that favor a more healthy and positive society.

READ FULL TEXT
08/26/2020

Helping Users Tackle Algorithmic Threats on Social Media: A Multimedia Research Agenda

Participation on social media platforms has many benefits but also poses...
04/03/2020

Mobile social media usage and academic performance

Among the general population, students are especially sensitive to socia...
01/10/2022

Social Media Networks Attacks and their Preventive Mechanisms: A Review

We live in a virtual world where actual lifestyles are replicated. The g...
12/01/2020

Identifying pandemic-related stress factors from social-media posts – effects on students and young-adults

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown natural life out of gear across the glo...
03/10/2021

Learning to Trust: Understanding Editorial Authority and Trust in Recommender Systems for Education

Trust in a recommendation system (RS) is often algorithmically incorpora...
03/08/2019

Thanks for Stopping By: A Study of "Thanks" Usage on Wikimedia

The Thanks feature on Wikipedia, also known as "Thanks", is a tool with ...