The Misinformed Generation

Photo ©2013 by Jenny Downing [CC-by-2.0]
As shown in a study from Stanford researchers, many students throughout the United States are unable to accurately evaluate the credibility of news and cannot differentiate between real and fake news.

This is a serious problem since nowadays, students often use the internet as a means for entertainment, academic help, awareness of worldly events, etc. However, if students cannot tell the difference between authentic and fake news, this can result negatively.

For example, if a student were to use information from a website that features events that never occurred, he or she may end up believing the events have happened and use the site as a source for his or her paper.

Another consequential effect may be the spread of spread of fake news that may escalate and cause dangerous and violent acts.

To prevent such disadvantageous effects, schools should include in students’ education how to assess various sources and how to determine whether information on social media is truthful.

Social media has become so integrated in students’ lives that to leave it out of academic education is to deprive the students of valuable skills, such as the ability to determine which news is fake and which news can be trusted.

The result of this integration would be more informed students of important events, in which they can act and make positive differences in the world.


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