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Information, Volume 10, Issue 8 (August 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Attention and activity seem to follow conflicting dynamics. On the one hand, humans have limited [...] Read more. Attention and activity seem to follow conflicting dynamics. On the one hand, humans have limited abilities to keep up with larger number of peers or topics: social and semantic attention capacities are generally limited. On the other hand, there appear to be occasions of reinforcing coupling between attention and activity. We used Twitter as a platform, featuring both social network and semantic capabilities, to study attention in a way that encompasses both interaction and information processing. We observed that most users possess a “two-level flow of attention” by first focusing on a core of peers or topics and then redistributing their attention uniformly within that range. Further, we found strong correlation between an individual’s social and semantic attention. View this paper.