How many people go online when they are sick and look up their symptoms? How many people get freaked out when the results say you have a rare disease that will eat your flesh? I am guilty for looking these things up on the internet when something strange happens to my health. The internet is NOT always trustworthy, believe it or not. Our generation uses the internet for news, gossip, health tips, and many, many more things. We go on twitter, Instagram, snapchat, webmd.com, and countless other websites for our informational knowledge nowadays. Very rarely do we find teenagers or people in their 20’s picking up a newspaper and reading it or even turning on the news to watch what is happening in the world. We all are guilty of coming across a “BREAKING NEWS” tweet, picture, or snapchat picture that will catch our eye and immediately click on it to hear what is going on.
How many of us, as college students have a paper to write that is due the next day, look up on google the topic of your research paper and click on wikipedia? Yes, I am 100% guilty of this crime. Wikipedia is definitely not the place to go. We see all this AMAZING information that we don’t have, that can get us to the last page of the paper. BOOM! You’re finally done with the paper, you hand it in and you think you aced it. Well you didn’t because wikipedia is written by anyone who wants to change the information on the website for the specific topic that is searched and it is almost all false information. Nowadays we are given everything at the touch of a fingertip. Is this good? We can argue yes and we can argue no. It depends on how you look at technology and the internet. The internet is filled with wonderful true information, you just have to know what and where you are looking. It is also filled with very false information that can cost you a very important grade on your 15 page research paper. You can’t always trust what the internet is handing to you for free. Nothing that is useful comes for free, everything always has a price.
How many of us immediately assume that what we read or saw is true and try to google it for more information? I am definitely guilty of that. On multiple occasions the stories that I have read were COMPLETELY false. Countless times I have seen memorial posts of an actor or actress dying, just to find out hours later that it was just a rumor but to the whole world they were dead for 4 1/2 hours. We rely on the internet so much that we forget people write these stories on the internet for us to read and they may not be true at all, it could be a fake news site, a pop up that can give your computer a virus, someone who was just looking for a lot of retweets or likes to become Instagram or Twitter “famous”. I’ve learned that I need to look up all the stories and rumors that I see on social media to make sure I have my story straight before I post anything, tell anyone else what I saw or heard because I don’t want to end up looking like the girl who just assumes that everything she sees on the internet is true. Who would want to be that girl ?