The complexity of social polarization stems from various factors that impact an individual or community’s capacity to relate to others based on self-identification. Social ideologies shape how people view and interact with others, creating diverse and deeply held perspectives on social issues that may cause conflict and contribute to societal polarization. This can be compounded by economic disparities, political ideologies, and media dynamics connected to various social issues that greatly influence and entrench an individual’s beliefs.
In revealing these contributing factors and patterns, we can recognize feedback loops and the cascading effects of the problem. To begin addressing the intricacies of societal connectivity and conflict, people should work to develop an understanding of how others arrive at their beliefs and foster a constructive dialogue.