In this information age, everybody uses the computer and knows how to google one or another term. Do you get smarter? The information on the Internet can be fake or real. How can you differ false news from the truth?
Fake News Versus Real News
I think if you do not hide somewhere in jungles without the Internet, you followed some stories about the critical election in the USA. It is funny to see how fake news influence so many people.
Everybody can create a website nowadays. Write content, add images, spread it on social media using popular hashtags. You can get followers fast enough because people like to know what is going on in the world.
If you have protection for your website, nobody will see who the owner is. Convenient, is not? The pattern is the same as many years ago. Always will be people who take advantage of others. Fortunately, if you will know how to choose, you will be protected from disappointment. It works in all areas of life. Politics or great dinner they all get feedback which can be falsified.
Words on paper can lie. The feedback can be written by people who never have been in this restaurant. What can you do? Word of mouth in this case works. Respectable and independent sources of information provide facts and pieces of evidence — consumer Reports in the USA work without influence from companies and manufacturers.
Does it Worth of Time?
We see people, who most of them are hungry for information. Do they check what do they read? The data can be good food for the mind, or it can be junk food for us.
Children are sensitive to information. They absorb every word what they hear on TV, at home or outside. They can not decide what is wrong and what is right for them. I think that it is the same with adults. They are mesmerized by empty shows and endless TV series. The information provided on TV keeps them stagnated like the glue.
There is high production on TV, no doubt. However, we could spend our time better, improving themselves and the surrounding world.
How to Choose Information?
Everybody who writes a book, creates a show, movie or play or has the website, influences people. What of influence visitors will get and choose it is opt for them. We can stuff our heads with information, which does not have the real foundation. It is just gossip or lazy imagination.
Of course, if we want to escape reality, we go to the movie, play video games or use gadgets which transfer us to the virtual world.
Unfortunately, in the end, we are back to reality. What happens? If we had a pleasant, relaxing experience, we can think better positive thoughts, expand our imagination, and adapt it in the real world.
If we experience fake or horrible news, what we can get from it?
Credibility Of Facts
It is confusing nowadays that people follow emotions, not real facts. The reliability of points is essential. Why? Because if we believe everything that said to us without checking and proving, we will stay in one place without progress or will go back, to the Middle Ages.
The perfect example is fake profiles on Facebook, which used the information to mislead people. It is easy to pretend that you are a real person, but the reality is different. It is the same with dating sites where teenagers from Nigeria hide behind computer screens and lure victims to the scam nets.
Emotions are part of our lives. However, Nature created us to think, not just react to various triggers. If we do not believe so, everybody can manipulate and push us to the direction which is convenient for somebody else. Of course, if you do not care about the consequences, you can live on autopilot. Robots are in the same way. Somebody programmed them, and they perform various tasks. It is your choice what to choose: freedom of the mind or convenient nonexistence.
How Smart Are You?
We need to be smart regarding what we read, watch, or listen. Our minds do not have enough capacity to acquire all the information from the whole world. If we do not bright space in our heads using techniques such as meditation, contemplation, we would have clustered minds.
It is not an emergency. We can not move forward without the real and proper information.
We have limited time. If we want to achieve something in our lives, we must choose carefully. It works for everything. Our health, finances, decision making depend on the choices. We have what we prefer. Nothing or nobody is to blame.
It means that we must be smart about everything. Choosing the right mentors, friends, the place where to live, education would help us to move on, from one step to another. The quality of life depends on our decisions. We do not waste time proving what is right and what is not. Independent sources provide complete information which we can use for making up minds regarding various topics.
How could we become smart? If we check all facts, news and make own decisions despite outside influence, we can make things work for us. For example, in the Internet world, there are plenty of scammers who offer fast and easy ways to become wealthy. You will buy the shiny product, and after one or two weeks you will rest on the beach somewhere around the Bahamas sipping the cocktail. The money will pour into your account right away.
Did you believe already? Many of us trusted; I in the same group was too. I got caught when I did not check the source and did not look for feedback.
How are you smart? It depends on how you will choose information and evaluation of it.
We can learn how to be smart using evidence from science, following mentors who achieved their goals and using our minds for our own well-being.