If it were up to my opinion. the short answer is yes. if the topics/genres that I were interested in, i.e. I searched for, I clicked, gets recommended more.
For a privacy perspective it might be a bad thing depending how it was implemented, it’s quite unlikely that the algorithm is is done externally, or locally on a users machine, it would likely be from the server and stored there too. unless we have something like a peertube client that could sync the preference data between devices.
either that, or we’ll have to encrypt it. if we so care much about privacy. but decentralization definitely helps.
Now on the topic of addiction is a whole another discussion, it may vary for user to user. I’m not an expert in this but for me I can control what I want to do fairly well. I tend to scroll through the recommendations at leisure, when I want to look for useful information like guides, tutorials, advice on a skill i’d use the search bar, categories, or try sift through the recommendations.
a while ago I was mindlessly scrolling and quickly made aware of it, I despised the feeling and avoided doing the same thing. other might be still stuck in a loop. i’m… not sure.
the recommendations from algorithm are the ones that had “gems” aka information that would helped me tremendously that I wasn’t specifically looking for and higher quality videos. It’s like a double edged sword, depending on the user’s intent, or… control of their intent.
that is definitely a problem to some people, so we should give them an option to make it more adhd friendly.
I’d like to say in defense of algorithms if it were something I knew what it was doing. I’d be in favour of. it’s more of a discoverability function, like what’s poppin on peertube y’know? I haven’t found anything good for a while, it’s very rare and like mostly found on accident or via youtube. maybe it’s just that we haven’t seen any massive adoption here, but I don’t really know, what do you think?
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