A Heavy Dose of Ranting: The Digital Age of Misinformation

A simple google search can yield answers to almost any question imaginable. However, how reliable are the varied answers? Although inaccuracies about your favourite TV show trivia questions might not create any disastrous consequences, what happens for individuals that look up information regarding their health? Studies conducted at the University of Kansas by Assistant Professor Susan Harvey have highlighted that adults and adolescents alike frequently don’t verify their sources or double check information [1]. Given the success of “fake news” at influencing the electorate, it seems clear that many individuals seem to inherently trust anything that is published on the internet. It’s as if the fact that it’s freely available is evidence enough of its trustworthiness.

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