Accelerating dynamics of collective attention

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dc.contributor.author Lorenz-Spreen, Philipp
dc.contributor.author Mønsted, Bjarke Mørch
dc.contributor.author Hövel, Philipp
dc.contributor.author Lehmann, Sune
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-19T12:06:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-19T12:06:00Z
dc.date.issued 2019-04-15
dc.identifier.citation Lorenz-Spreen, P., Mønsted, B.M., Hövel, P. and Lehmann, S., 2019. Accelerating dynamics of collective attention. Nature communications, 10(1), (1759). DOI:10.1038/s41467-019-09311-w en
dc.identifier.volume 10 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 9 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9080
dc.identifier.doi 10.1038/s41467-019-09311-w en
dc.description.abstract With news pushed to smart phones in real time and social media reactions spreading across the globe in seconds, the public discussion can appear accelerated and temporally fragmented. In longitudinal datasets across various domains, covering multiple decades, we find increasing gradients and shortened periods in the trajectories of how cultural items receive collective attention. Is this the inevitable conclusion of the way information is disseminated and consumed? Our findings support this hypothesis. Using a simple mathematical model of topics competing for finite collective attention, we are able to explain the empirical data remarkably well. Our modeling suggests that the accelerating ups and downs of popular content are driven by increasing production and consumption of content, resulting in a more rapid exhaustion of limited attention resources. In the interplay with competition for novelty, this causes growing turnover rates and individual topics receiving shorter intervals of collective attention. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer Nature en
dc.relation.uri https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09311-w
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2019 en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Public discussion en
dc.subject Datasets en
dc.subject Collective attention en
dc.title Accelerating dynamics of collective attention en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Philipp Hövel, School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: philipp.hoevel@ucc.ie en
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dc.contributor.funder Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Nature Communications en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress philipp.hoevel@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 1759 en
dc.identifier.eissn 2041-1723


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