Christine Krupkowski, of Arlington, Mass., blows bubbles while waiting for the start of the Boston Pops 4th of July concert rehearsal at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, Sunday, July 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

In a divisive political age, research has shown that many Americans are blinded by their “red” and “blue” social media bubbles—leaving them unable to understand or relate to those they disagree with. There may be a fix for that.
A new digital tool disrupts homogeneous news feeds by connecting US Facebook users to people outside their filter bubbles. “Pop Your Bubble” was released today, and is funded by The KIND Foundation, the non-profit arm of the granola bar company, which works to foster kinder and more empathetic communities.
The app was motivated by research showing that, while over 60% of Americans get news from social media, only 5% of US adults see social media posts that greatly differ from their perspectives. That’s according to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult (on behalf of the KIND Foundation).
KIND’s tool, accessible here, seeks to boost that statistic. It prompts you to “follow” Facebook users …