Social media makes breakups worse, study says

Is there a way for more human-centered algorithms to prevent potentially triggering interactions on social media?

Social media algorithms don't understand the complex social context of the data they are processing...but human-centered algorithms may be the solution.

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  • According to a 2017 study, 71% of people reported feeling better (rediscovery of self and positive emotions) about 11 weeks after a breakup. But social media complicates this healing process.
  • Even if you "unfriend", block, or unfollow, social media algorithms can create upsetting encounters with your ex-partner or reminders of the relationship that once was.
  • Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder suggest that a "human-centered approach" to creating algorithms can help the system better understand the complex social interactions we have with people online and prevent potentially upsetting encounters.
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    • According to recent research, 1 in 7 people have fantasized about feet in a sexual way at least once in their lives.
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    How often do couples have sex? 10 questions to ask your partner about your sex life

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    Why people post ‘couple photos’ as their social media profile pictures

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