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Social Media Viewed As Dividing Force By Most Americans

FILE - This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Facebook says it’s going to test out, again, an option for users to hide those “like” counts to see if it can reduce the pressure of being on social media. Instagram, which Facebook owns, will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive. While at first this option will only be on Instagram, the social media giant says it's also exploring the feature for Facebook. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
FILE - This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Facebook says it’s going to test out, again, an option for users to hide those “like” counts to see if it can reduce the pressure of being on social media. Instagram, which Facebook owns, will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive. While at first this option will only be on Instagram, the social media giant says it's also exploring the feature for Facebook. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

A new poll shows a growing majority of Americans believe social media is dividing the nation more than  bringing it together.

The latest NBC News national poll found that 64-percent of Americans say social media platforms do more to tear us apart.

By contrast, just 27-percent of all adults says social media platforms are united the country.

And those numbers hold steady, no matter if you are asking  Republicans, Independents, or Democrats.

Back in March 2019, a similar poll found that 57-percent of Americans said social media divides us.

 

 

FILE – This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Facebook says it’s going to test out, again, an option for users to hide those “like” counts to see if it can reduce the pressure of being on social media. Instagram, which Facebook owns, will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive. While at first this option will only be on Instagram, the social media giant says it’s also exploring the feature for Facebook. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)  May 10th 2021

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