What is misinformation?
Misinformation is simply untrue or misleading information. Unlike disinformation, which is deliberately intended to deceive, misinformation isn't necessarily trying to fool you - it can simply be wrong because of confusion, error or ignorance.
We live in a digital age, meaning we are surrounded by vast amounts of information instantly avaliable to us. Misinformation makes it increasingly difficult to know who or what to trust. This can lead to the social media platforms we all know and love, hiding a dark side. This side of social media has the power to influence science, politics and even your everyday life.
It's important when faced with new information to ask some key questions:
There are many reasons why social media and other digital platforms can help students and academics, especially as we come to terms with the idea of online lectures and seminars. It's a great way to keep connected, keep up to date and know what is happening in your field of study and build professional networks outside your university.
To use these digital platforms responsibly, it's important you know the reasons why you're using it:
Questions like these can help fight the temptation of getting sucked into the great mass of information around you.
How do you avoid information overload?
It's easy to become stuck in a continual pattern of reading, scrolling and responding. To avoid information overload and being sucked into the deep hole of technology, it's important to create your own boundaries and rules. 'Beware of your own default settings'.
These two tips will help you make better use of your technology.
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