People dig deeper to fact-check social research media posts when paired with someone who doesn’t share their perspective – new research

Joining up with someone who holds a different perspective influences your take on online posts. Frazao Studio Latino/E+ via Getty Images

By Senior Fellow in Education and Human Development, George Washington University
Published: 2023 Nov 09

People fact-checked social media posts more carefully and were more willing to revise their initial beliefs when they were paired with someone from a different cultural background than their own, according to a study my collaborators Michael Baker and Françoise Détienne and I recently published in Frontiers in Psychology.