Why do we believe in fake news?

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We live in a time of abundant information. Today, it is hard to imagine that someone has not heard of false news. The English word fake means fake, fake. But how can you understand which messages are true and which are not? Danish scientists Vincent Hendricks and Pelle Hansen refer to the era of fake news as an "information tower" or "information tower". But is it really the reason why many trust false information that is only in stories about human stupidity and inappropriateness? Let's try to find out.

A large amount of information makes it difficult to find true information.

What are fake messages?

Fake, ie false, fake messages are information or an information product that contains, partially or completely, no true information. In the past, the false news printed in newspapers was called a "duck." Their characteristic has always been that they spread incredibly fast.

However, newspaper pubs were commonplace or deliberately distributed, and today fake news can be found even in the most prestigious media.

Why do we believe fake news?

According to Hendricks and Hansen, we look at the reactions of others if we do not have enough information to see the whole picture, if we do not want to check or have no time. It is logical that when we know little about anything, we are interested in hearing the opinions of those who are close to us. Researchers report that often the personal beliefs of others may indicate what actually happens. Especially if we believe that our environment is well versed in a particular topic. However, do not forget that not all people in our environment are experts in all matters.

In the past, it was easier to understand which messages are "duck" and which are not.

Experts believe that the reason for relying on fake news may lie in the fact that many today do not understand how information is disseminated on the Internet. And do not check the facts. What other reasons do you believe in the credibility of counterfeit messages? In our telegram chat you can discuss these and other urgent issues related to counterfeit messages.

How can you understand that you are being told the truth?

Scientists refer to the ability to think critically as the best way to fight fake news. Remember that critical thinking is a way of thinking in which a person questions not only their own beliefs but also all incoming information. However, today's false news has changed so much that even media professionals can not always tell the truth from fiction.

Social networks are making the topic of fake news a threat

The situation worsened with the advent of social networks. Today anyone can share any information with his friends. So you can come up with any story, add some real events, and share them at face value. And social networks are often used as a means to build and attract an audience. The louder and brighter the news, the more visitors will get to your page. This leads us to the following method of distinguishing truthful information from false information – counterfeit messages are "firing" very often – meaning they fly through social networks immediately.

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This is because the average reader is likely to miss the usual culture and business news, but be sure to follow the link with a catchy and non-standard headline.

Readers love interesting stories, and the creators of fake news help them. So read the headlines carefully. And do not forget to subscribe to our channel in Yandex.Zen. There you will only find verified information.

Well, of course, check the information. It is best to always do this. Yes, finding the source will take some time, but if the important information you've noticed is not trusting, you know what you need to do.

Do you review the information or do you trust the opinions of others?