In a world of a continuous information flux, it is really difficult to keep track of what’s new, old, true or false. Modern day challenges are totally opposite to what, not so long ago, used to be a world with unequal access to even the most fundamental news. How can we cope?
Constant access to, nearly, anything. In theory, that’s great. More information delivered quicker sounds like good news. No-one is kept out of the loop. There’s always enough information for the thirstiest of us to consume. It’s not that simple, though, because with so much information comes great responsibility.
The danger of having so little time to digest so much is losing touch of what’s true and real from what is a hoax. Isn’t it easier, after all, to believe something not too far-fetched than spending time to cross check its sources? When seeing something exciting, isn’t our first instinct to share it with our social circle? How do we know, though, that all the information we are being fed is accurate and true?
We don’t. At least not right away. The antidote is to do our homework. Check our sources and create trusted relationships. Don’t blindly accept and follow what’s popular and ensure that what you know is based on accurate data and confirmed facts. An easy question to ask ourselves is “how can I be sure that [insert news or information item here] is true?”. If the answer is not clear and factually proven, then doubt. And do some digging.
Sounds difficult? Perhaps, initially, and takes time. And, no-one is getting everything right. But, after a while, there will be patterns evolving and trusted sourced will rise where others will fail. Try it.
In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power
Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st century