Why Is It So Easy For Humans To Be Misinformed?

Why Is It So Easy For Humans To Be Misinformed?

And where does the superiority complex come from?

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Being misinformed is common; no one has all the right answers to divulge at any time. Not having the right information is not necessarily a bad thing, as it is a way to learn, but it's what you do with it that matters. So how does one misinformed idea create a wave of people now aligned to that way of thinking? A simple retweet, share, or repost. Whether it's spurred by good intentions or simply a reflex, hundreds of uninformed "facts" end up on our timelines. In a world where we expect to have all the answers at lightning speed without fail, have we abandoned the need for sharing correct information?

"Fake news", for lack of a better word, is constantly circulating the Internet, permeating our media at every turn. Fact-checking, it seems, is few and far in between. This is especially true for any social media site, but Twitter appears to be the main source of misinformation. The platform makes it easy for the wrong information to become a universal truth. Being that its audience is majority teenagers to young adults, the inherent desire to go viral or be seen as some sort of pseudo-intellectual god is what drives the platform. So we watch as tweets about the government, health, love, etc. rack up the retweets and the favorites, but how many of us stop to wonder if the content we're engaging and boosting is even true?

Under an administration that thrives on fake news and misinformation, it almost feels like an obligation to question and double-check the information we receive. Group-think can be dangerous; in some cases, it can erase the need for individual responsibility to the truth and loudly promote wrong "facts" for the sake of being perceived as right. It may seem incredulous to be dubious of some viral tweet about conditions in the Middle East but social media has a huge impact on the information we receive and internalize. It influences our conversations, thoughts, opinions. It is especially important to be wary of the use of photos without context. All too often, someone takes photos (usually of minorities) from another source, crafts a ridiculously untrue story to go with it and tweets it as factual. Not everyone has all the right answers, nor should we expect each other to, but in this day and age when the Internet is a huge - and some people's only - source of news, it is necessary to be aware of what is being shared.

And where there is misinformation, there is correction. Some people truly are just misinformed and not just spreading false information for the heck of it. Most people are willing to learn, to ask questions. But then there are the people who have some sort of superiority complex when it comes to intelligence, a "Do you not know ..." attitude that deters people from asking questions. Granted, it is understandable for those who are constantly demanded to perform emotional labor for people who are clearly not interested in answers. However, in moments where it is obvious that we are trying to learn from each other rather than blindly follow the group, education feels like a gift.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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9 Important Tweets I Love And Live By Every Day

The tweets I have selected impact me and make me question myself and my everyday life experiences.

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During my free time, I love to explore Twitter. It's basically an accumulation of everyone's point of view on the vaguest to most intricate topics.

Here are some Tweets I live by:

1. "Everybody that comes into your life matters, they're either a blessing or a lesson"

In life people come and go, just like flies. Everyone you meet in life has a purpose. The boy you had your worst heartbreak with, he was a blessing, now he's a lesson of what you don't want in the future. Although it hurt you, in the end, you will be stronger because you had to endure pain.

2. "Live, and not from behind your phone screen"

People, put down your phone and actually experience what's going on. To be honest, do half the people on your Snapchat actually care about what you're doing? Do they even view it or just tap through it? These days people solely post on social media so people can see what they're doing. Half the time when people are too busy on their phone's posting away, they don't even pay attention to the people they're with, the pretty views they're looking at, and better yet some people even fake it for desired attention.

3. "Can't"

The word can't be simply just an excuse, it is all about prioritizing. If someone really wants to see you, they'll make the time. If someone wants to go somewhere, they will. Silly excuses derive from utter laziness, but at the end of the day, everyone CAN.

4. "You care too much

"Do not ever let someone tell you that you care too much. Yea, overthinking is one thing but showing someone how you feel towards them, asking about their day, how they are, etc. At the end of the day being there for those you care about will be returned in your favor. Being affected with human feelings is imperative and if someone tells you that you care too much, tell them to f ***off."

5. "It's a lonely feeling when someone you care about becomes a stranger."

In life, unfortunately, people come and go. The person you would laugh with for hours, stay up till 5 am talking to every day, hang out with on an everyday basis, etc. In life we cannot depend on others for our own happiness, we can't force people to stay in our lives because they're part of an everyday routine. Make your happiness a priority, & Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.

6. "Never run back to what broke you."

Ladies and gentlemen, if something seriously tore you apart ... DO NOT go running back as soon as you get hit with that "wyd" or "I've changed" text. We all do it, there's no lying allowed here, but seriously if something broke you, people don't just change in the snap of a finger. You will get hurt again. It will NOT be worth it.

7. "Always hope but never expect."

If you're like me, you'll spend hours a day before bed thinking about all of the "what if "situations there are in your life. Sometimes you'll get so into thought you may even think something happened. If you dwell and think of all of the possible scenarios, you will drive yourself physically insane.

8. "You'll heal. It just takes time."

Use the tissues, and a friend's shoulder to lean on. Everything that kills you on the inside eventually will make you stronger. A breakup with a boyfriend/ girlfriend, losing a friend, failing a test, etc. These are all part of the learning process in life.

9. "Make your happiness a priority, & Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind."

Ultimately at the end of the day, you have "me, myself, and I "to worry about. You have to make decisions in life that will make you happy. If you think something you do will upset someone, talk to them because at the end of the day if something is going to make you happier, your friend will understand. Self-care!!!!

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