Published: June 25, 2021
Do you remember when the internet was first created? As the internet slowly progressed, parents and guardians were quick to tell children not to believe everything they’ve read online. But we’ve now entered an era where almost everything takes place online, and it’s almost impossible to get through your daily life without needing it to some capacity — whether you want to have a video chat with your grandchildren, need to search for a recipe or even if you work from home. As a result, you don’t quite know when to trust what you’re reading and when you should listen to your instincts that you still can’t believe everything you read online.
This article is to help you know when you can trust what you’re reading on the internet, and how you can spot something fake.
Let’s get started with the resources that, generally, can’t be trusted. These are the websites in which anyone can put any sort of information into. This could lead to false information being posted as fact, which can be a dangerous thing. These resources are:
Now, just because there are some places crawling with false information, it doesn’t mean that everything is fake. It is important to fact-check what you’re reading, and these are some of the resources that are viable and trustworthy:
The highest recommendation that we can give is to fact-check. It’s good to get at least two to three sources that back up what you’re reading. Of course, you should not fact-check on social media. As we stated, social media is not a place to trust a lot of what you’re reading online.
When you are fact-checking, first make sure that the website cites any sources, whether it be cited links or a list of references. Check these sources to see whether they are based on legitimate data and research findings, or if they are false. You can typically tell if a resource is false based on the way it’s written. If the resource is written in broken English or is from a less-than-professional-looking website, it’s likely to be fake. However, if the reference is research posted by an academic institution, or if it is a registered with the government, it’s likely to be reliable.
It’s possible that you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that is circling around online. If there is one thing to know about the internet, it’s that it shows us just how much there is to learn out there. Although a lot of the information is misleading or altogether false, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t truthful things online.
If you’re researching into a topic, you will get a lot of mixed information that will display the varying opinions or findings over it. For example, insurance. If you are researching into insurance policies that will help you in retirement, you will find a lot of different facts and opinions about different policies. If you click on a link about health insurance from an insurance agency, you will find a lot of facts that will persuade you to want to work with it. But, if you click on a link from an independent broker, you may find points that you never considered and will deter you from selecting that policy or working with that company.
This can leave you feeling confused and, at times, stressed about the next steps you should take. Both aren’t necessarily wrong, but which option is better? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The Best Senior Services is an educational hub for seniors to learn about what is their best option for insurance and other financial services in their retirement. We also connect seniors to a local registered agent who will work closely with them to give them the best plans for their future.
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