In FocusCould Curiosity Help Americans Bridge Deep Divides?

Could Curiosity Help Americans Bridge Deep Divides?

-

- Advertisment -sslate

Polarization is seen as a growing problem in the United States, and many blame social media. But polls show Americans agree on many hot-button issues – and the divide may be more emotional than ideological.

One example is gun control. A majority of Americans polled agree that stricter laws should be enacted for firearms sales. And Rachel Kleinfeld of Santa Fe, a senior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said there’s also some common ground on immigration and abortion. Kleinfeld said she believes polarization is less about ideas and more about emotions that cause people to identify with a “tribe” with similar beliefs. She suggested that curiosity could be the antidote.

Sunshine Slate

“It is extremely hard to be curious and to hate at the same time,” she said. “When you’re curious, it doesn’t mean you agree, but it does mean you have to find out more.”

According to a recent Gallup poll, 57% of Americans favor tougher gun-control laws, while only 9% want to see fewer gun restrictions and 34% support the status quo.

Social scientists often recommend limiting internet and media consumption to avoid hot topics such as economics or politics – and when consuming news, trying to seek out balanced reporting. Kleinfeld said social-media users often gravitate to sites that reinforce their own beliefs, and young people can become polarized because they avoid anything they think might inflict trauma.

“Polarization, of course, is not just about young people,” she said, “but there is something particular that does seem to be going on with young people about a lack of ability to handle too much complexity in their thinking.”

While it might not be as extreme as sometimes portrayed, Kleinfeld said polarization is worrisome because what we’re seeing in America now also has been observed in other countries with extreme violence.

Sunshine Slate
Sunshine Slatehttps://www.sunshineslate.com
Sunshine Slate is your news, entertainment, music fashion website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the United States of America.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Economic Pressure Builds Ahead of Elections in Tribal Areas

With the midterms near, recent inflation woes are especially felt in tribal areas, and Indigenous leaders in North Dakota hope it spurs turnout.

Why Send Cubans to Delaware — or Anywhere?

Green Party of Florida counters his press release, "Cubans should be sent to Delaware!."

Fun and Creative Halloween Decorations

With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about indoor decorations.

5 Perfect Halal Holiday Destinations in Europe

When it comes to Europe, our first thought is that European countries tend to be hardly Halal-friendly and Muslims are generally afraid they won’t be able to find either Halal holidays spot or Halal food
- Advertisement -

Def Leppard’s Rick Savage pours some sugar on the fashion industry

Def Leppard bass guitarist Rick Savage, and his son Scott have collaborated to create and produce a new, luxury clothing line

How Climate Friendly is Your 401(k)?

An online scorecard gives people with retirement accounts a glimpse into what role their investment portfolio plays in keeping the industry funded.
edealo.com
- Advertisement - Motel 6
transformerscon

Must read

Boohoo Announces Ambassador Kourtney Kardashian Barker

Global e-retailer boohoo announces collaboration and partnership with Kourtney Kardashian Barker, entertainment personality and the CEO & founder of Poosh

What are Forex Expert Advisors and How do they Work?

While many traders still engage in manual trading, a rising number of investors now engage in fully automated trading utilizing robots or a combination of automated and manual trading.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you