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How do you escape the echo chamber?

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Salam, 

If most of your friends and family members holds the same views as you, if on your social media most people think like you, if you look for answers only in avenues that you've always looked, if you search for Truth within a narrow environment, how do you know you're not stuck in an echo chamber? 

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Seek out those who are different from you. Reach outside your comfort zone. Befriend people who are very different from you. Do volunteer work in an unfamiliar environment. Whatever works for you. 

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7 hours ago, SoRoUsH said:

Salam, 

If most of your friends and family members holds the same views as you, if on your social media most people think like you, if you look for answers only in avenues that you've always looked, if you search for Truth within a narrow environment, how do you know you're not stuck in an echo chamber? 

listen to everyone. take the good. leave the bad. 

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Unfortunately, social media is built to preserve echochambers (you see "related posts" or "recommended videos" based on what you already read and watch, rather than having an "alternative perspectives" tab).

On my social media, I follow: Democrats, Trump supporters, Sunni pages, Shia pages, Sufi pages, Black nationalist pages, White nationalist pages, Communist pages, Zionist pages, feminist pages, anti-feminist pages, Christian pages, BBC, CBC, Al-Jazeera, Press-TV, Crescent, Foreign Policy, debate pages, science pages, etc.

On one hand, it can be stressful going to my newsfeed and seeing a plethora of posts and comments that enrage me. On the other hand, it helps me keep an open mind and have a well-rounded view of a subject. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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8 hours ago, Qa'im said:

On one hand, it can be stressful going to my newsfeed and seeing a plethora of posts and comments that enrage me. On the other hand, it helps me keep an open mind and have a well-rounded view of a subject. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

It is initially enraging to read opinions that you strongly disagree with, but as you continue to do so, not only the rage subsides, but you'd begin to formulate counter-arguments or responses, subconsciously. Subsequently, when you encounter such opposing opinions outside of the online world, your initial subconscious reaction won't be rage or frustration. You'd be more rational and composed in your reaction. 

I'd also recommend reading academic books that put forward arguments or supported opinions against conventional views. 

Unfortunately, in my opinion, a lot of Shia don't bother, and as a result, unintentionally permit the perpetuation of myths and superstitions.  

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18 hours ago, SoRoUsH said:

If most of your friends and family members holds the same views as you, if on your social media most people think like you, if you look for answers only in avenues that you've always looked, if you search for Truth within a narrow environment, how do you know you're not stuck in an echo chamber? 

What i do is have arguments with my relatives and even parents. I completely oppose the "echos" but being logical at same time.

This has helped me to understand many things and also  helped me see some of our mistakes.
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Salam,

I had the same problem when I was younger so what I did is I imagined myself being an outsider of this world while keeping my current core prinicpals and beliefs and I "went in there" for answers. The key to not abandoning is to not let emotions be involved in the whole process. What I found out is that the way of the Quran and the Ahlulbayt is the best way of life a person can adopt(but don't just accept this, go search why).

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And please I beg you to get rid of social media and only keep the necessary. For example I still need contact with my far relatives and friends so I did remove Facebook but I still have a messenger account I can use to just talk to people when I have to. 

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