Barton, Scott D
This study examined how Pandora contributes to the filter bubble phenomenon. The filter bubble is an echo-chamber effect that is a byproduct of personalized recommendation engines. Our study examined the music listening habits of WPI undergraduates for two weeks. Through comparison of Pandora and AM/FM radio listening habits it was determined that a filter bubble effect does occur with Pandora. Despite this, Pandora was determined to be a more useful tool for discovering novel and relevant music whereas AM/FM radio exposed individuals to a more diverse variety of genres.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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