Our communication and interaction methods with the greater world continue to evolve with the advancements of new technology. Now we can stay in touch with people all over the world with a click of a finger, as well as being able to access the entirety of the online information database from our pockets. It is an unprecedented time of growth and change as new technologies and communication devices become more accessible for every day people.
The way in which we interact with global issues is also changing with these technology advancements. News and current affairs can now be shared and discussed in the online world. One particular mode of popular communication – social media – is utilizing this accessibility to information to share and distribute media articles and current world events.
This may not lead to greater understanding, however, as one study examined the instances of misinformation and confirmation bias in the sharing of these news articles online in various social media outlets. It was concluded that there were drastic trends of misinformation being spread across social media platforms. Among the results were reasons such as people interpreting and sharing events and articles based on their pre-existing opinions and beliefs – meaning they searched for particular terms and then shared these, rather than searching social media for both sides of the story. Also, when sharing what your friends have shared, this does not allow for a comprehensive view and access to information, as it was found that those who were connected online shared essentially the same information.
The implications of these findings are that what you see many not always be the whole story. It was also found that there are regular instances of fake news stories and facts floating around which people share and think to be true. It is advised to examine what it is you share, and fact check, in order to not spread ill-informed facts.
Social media has proven to be detrimental to you mental health in more than limiting your thought process. Instead, think about setting the phone down after a few minutes and getting in some exercise to build up your mental and physical health. Talk to a local chiropractor about building a healthy physical and dietary plan.