Do you get smarter? In this information age, everybody uses the computer and knows how to google one or another term. Do you get more thoughtful? The information on the Internet can be fake or real. How can you differentiate false news from the truth?
Fake News Versus Real News
I think if you do not hide somewhere in jungles without the Internet, you follow some stories about the critical election in the USA. It is funny to see how fake news influences so many people.
Everybody can create a website nowadays. Write content, add images, and spread it on social media using popular hashtags. You can get followers fast enough because people like to know what is going on.
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 to 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, and most of them are hungry for information. Do they check what 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 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 glue.
There is high production on TV, no doubt. However, we could spend our time better, improving ourselves and the surrounding world.
How to Choose Information?
Everybody who writes a book, creates a show, movie, or play, or has a website influences people. What forces visitors will get and choose is opt for them. We can stuff our heads with information that does not have a 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 that transfer us to the virtual world.
Unfortunately, in the end, we are back to reality. What happens? If we have a pleasant, relaxing experience, we can think of better positive thoughts, expand our imagination, and adapt it to reality.
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 facts. The reliability of points is essential. Why? Because if we believe everything that is said to us without checking and proving, we will stay in one place without progress or go back to the Middle Ages.
The perfect example is fake profiles on Facebook, which use the information to mislead people. It is easy to pretend that you are a natural 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 in a convenient direction 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 wise regarding what we read, watch, or listen to. Our minds do not have enough capacity to acquire all the information from the whole world. If we do not brighten the space in our heads using meditation and contemplation techniques, we will have clustered minds.
It is not an emergency. We can not move forward without the accurate 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, and decision-making depend on our 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, where to live, and education would help us 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 our minds regarding various topics.
How could we become smart? If we check all facts and news and make our own decisions despite outside influence, we can make things work for us. For example, in the Internet world, plenty of scammers 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 it 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 well-being.
Do you see how it is important to check facts and not believe what the media tells you?