Leaping without Looking - Duty Hours, Autonomy, and the Risks of Research and Practice.
N Engl J Med. 2016 Feb 2;
Authors: Rosenbaum L
In 2014, Facebook users were furious to discover that they'd unwittingly been experimented on.(1) Researchers had randomly assigned users to news feeds with reduced "positive" content or reduced "negative" content and found that happy posts beget happy posts and that grim ones beget grim ones.(2) Although that may now seem obvious, previous evidence had suggested that because we tend to compare ourselves to others, exposure to positive content compromises users' well-being. There was thus no reason to believe that the status quo - news feeds curated by an algorithm tailored to users' viewing habits - was any "safer" than the . . .
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