How the Abundance of Information is Dangerous to the Unwary
Oh, the internet. A complex web comprised of ideas, information, and opinions. However, is this information given real? Or is it just misinformation made by others?
Everyone has this form of childish innocence within the internet in which we believe sources and articles that people provide us. If it is long or is entertaining to look at, then surely it must be real, right? Sorry to break it to you, but people spreading misinformation is more likely than you think.
According to research made by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), they found that “Digital misinformation has become so pervasive in online social media that it has been listed by the WEF as one of the main threats to human society.” This has become a major issue within our society as we follow the information that is incorrect because we believe what is being said is correct. People neglect the correct information on the internet and follow biased information in which they believe is correct. This is what is called as an echo chamber, as you ONLY hear the biased information that YOU want to hear. As a result, the truth gets obscured whereas the false information begins gathering momentum and starts to spread.
The effects of the biased information are especially harmful to those that are unwary of it, and it breeds delusions of knowledge unto these folk. In social media, we tend to like or reblog content that we agree with, and other people see what we like and reblog. What results is that the people that see your content will look at it and believe what you have posted as true. As a consequence, these people think they know what the whole situation is, and take a stance on the information that they have seen, even if it might be completely wrong or not the whole truth.
Below are some tweets on how misinformation is prevalent within our society.