The spiral of silence or social silencing is a phenomenon where people who think they hold a minority opinion don’t speak up for fear of social exclusion.
This silencing not only manifests itself in small group conversations but in one-to-one conversations, meetings and more broadly in social media.
It has much in common with the need for psychological safety
- Wikipedia: Spiral of silence
- Article: News on social media suffers a ‘spiral of silence’
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