Psychologists and other social scientists have repeatedly shown that when confronted with diverse information choices, people rarely act like rational, civic-minded automatons. Instead, we are roiled by preconceptions and biases, and we usually do what feels easiest — we gorge on information that confirms our ideas, and we shun what does not.
This dynamic becomes especially problematic in a news landscape of near-infinite choice. Whether navigating Facebook, Google or The New York Times’s smartphone app, you are given ultimate control — if you see something you don’t like, you can easily tap away to something more pleasing. Then we all share what we found with our like-minded social networks, creating closed-off, shoulder-patting circles online.
– from How the Internet is loosening our grip on truth – read the full article here.
I expect that one day I will wave goodbye to social media. Perhaps I just feel that way because I’ve been sick for much of the past week. I’ve been a little fragile. No, seriously I do imagine pulling the plug one day.
Brexit. Trump. Clinton. Politics. Football. Food. Health. Hygge.
Contrast all of the online slurry on any of the above topics to the reality of people. Present. Here. Engaged.
The flaw with that article though, is the title because it is of course, not the Internet which is loosening our grip on truth. It’s our warped lazy in-built instinct for closed-off, shoulder-patting circles.
And on it goes. Interesting article though.