Misinformation abounds and all too many people simply accept it as fact. Social media helps this process greatly. A Facebook meme has the credibility of clinical research.
Conventional wisdom said we are predisposed to accepting information if it fits with our political ideology and preconceived ideas. Now new research says we just don’t take time to think. We read too fast and make a quick judgement.
I often look at FB posts and say to myself, that doesn’t make sense, that isn’t logical. I then do a little research to find several sources to confirm or refute the post. My instinct is usually right, the post is misleading or completely fake.
However, in the meantime the post has received thousands of comments and likes and has been shared around the globe spreading the false information.
Take the time to read and think about what you are reading
The takeaway, Rand says, is that people who scroll quickly through social media might be less susceptible to misinformation if they simply slow down to consider what they’re reading. “Our findings suggest that getting people to reason more is a good thing,” he says. “When you’re on social media, stop and think.”
Rand’s new findings seem to bump up against the long-established idea that we’re less critical of information that reinforces our ideology or identity. Indeed, there’s plenty of evidence that partisan alignment affects our judgments. In a meta-analysis of 51 experimental studies, Peter Ditto, PhD, a professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues found that liberals and conservatives were both likely to evaluate information more favorably when it supported their own political beliefs (Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2018).The https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/fake-news