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Demographic Confounding Causes Extreme Instances of Lifestyle Politics on Facebook

@article{Ruch2022DemographicCC,
  title={Demographic Confounding Causes Extreme Instances of Lifestyle Politics on Facebook},
  author={Alexander Ruch and Yujia Zhang and Michael Macy},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2022},
  volume={abs/2201.06517}
}
Lifestyle politics emerge when activities that have no substantive relevance to ideology become politically aligned and polarized. Homophily and social influence are able generate these fault lines on their own; however, social identities from demographics may serve as coordinating mechanisms through which lifestyle politics are mobilized are spread. Using a dataset of 137,661,886 observations from 299,327 Facebook interests aggregated across users of different racial/ethnic, education, age… 

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