How strong is the association between social media use and false consensus?

Cameron J. Bunker, Michael E.W. Varnum

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In series of studies, we sought to assess the extent to which social media use was related to the false consensus effect. Study 1 (N = 493) and Study 2 (N = 364, preregistered) assessed the relationship between social media use and the false consensus effect for three psychological characteristics: political attitudes, personality traits, and fundamental social motives. Study 3 (N = 875) explored lay beliefs about the strength of the relationships between social media use and false consensus effects. Across studies, we found that heavier use of social media was associated with stronger false consensus effects. However, these effects were smaller in magnitude than lay beliefs about these linkages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106947
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Echo chamber
  • False consensus
  • Personality
  • Social media
  • Social networking sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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