How Algorithms Fuel Misogyny Among Young Boys

Researchers in Australia have identified a troubling trend where social media algorithms direct misogynistic content towards young boys and men, normalizing extreme views and influencing attitudes towards women. Parental education and open, non-judgmental conversations about online content are recommended as strategies to mitigate these effects.

PTI | Melbourne | Updated: 01-07-2024 11:17 IST | Created: 01-07-2024 11:17 IST
How Algorithms Fuel Misogyny Among Young Boys
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Melbourne, Jul 1 (The Conversation) — Many parents express concerns about their children's use of social media, often focusing on privacy and exposure to explicit material. However, recent research highlights an additional worry: the influence of algorithms driving misogynistic content toward young boys.

Studies reveal that these algorithms, designed to maximize engagement, play a significant role in exposing young male users to extreme and prejudiced views. This has fostered a growing divide in attitudes towards gender equality among young men and women.

Researchers noted alarming increases in sexism and misogyny within Australian schools, with boys intimidating female teachers and dismissing gender inequality as a 'myth.' These trends are fueled by the 'manosphere' and intensified by social media algorithms. Parents are advised to help their children critically examine online content through open discussions and education on the effects of algorithm-driven echo chambers.

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