“It Must Be True. A Friend Shared It on Fakebook.” 0
At Psychology Today Blogs, Craig Harper explores why we fall for fake news and what we can do to avoid doing so. A snippet:
The foremost research team on this topic comprises Gordon Pennycook (University of Regina, Canada) and David Rand (MIT Sloan School of Management, USA). In a series of papers reviewed recently in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, they concluded that poor “truth discernment” (i.e., the ability to tell fake news from real stories) is driven primarily by a lack of careful reasoning. They typically used measures such as the cognitive reflection task (CRT) to measure critical reasoning.
Follow the link for a few suggestions as to not fall down the many rabbit holes that surround us, especially on “social” media.