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    Do we believe more when we read something?

    I have witnessed this many a time. When our elders advise us do something, we generally ignore it. But if we read the same thing printed in any newspaper, periodical, or even read the same in messages, we start following the advice.

    On the other hand, if any of our friends says something riidiculous in our presence, we immediately start ridiculing him/her. But if we read the same obnoxious message in SMS, Facebook post or in Whatsapp, we not only believe such obnoious thing, but also forward this to others.

    Sometime I feel that the Social Media platforms are creating a web of idiotic behaviour around us. But let us come to the issue raised in this post. Why do we believe more or trust any particular thing more when we read this?
  • #595704
    What is happening now a days as we are forced to sail with the lots. That means we are forced to believe something or some messages when it comes to every one. That means in democracy we believe in majority and we give immense respect. Same way when even panic messages comes in lots to every one at the same time we tend to believe for a while but again due to our attitude and character we may not give credence to all those stupid messages. However for a while there would be some sort of panic reaction even within us while reading such a horrible messages on social platform.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #595705
    We usually read and believe what we see that is printed in the newspaper and books because as an avid reader they have facts and supporting points with reference and proof.

    Social media sites Facebook, Whatsapp and twitter spread fake rumors which are considered as big pile of crap. We also ruluctanly listen to elders because they don't include supporting points and are not descriptive.

    Hackers never learns but always wins!

  • #595730
    Well, that's how human brain works. Can you rely upon the newly heard information? There always a probability of deception. But how about a mass opinion? Whole world can't lie upon something right?
    That's where the mistakes occur. Media thus both enjoys us and exploits us. It thereby compels us to rely on it for a perfect news. We invest our trust in such media. So everything we read,see,hear.. must be true right?

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #595737
    In my childhood days my grandfather used to tell many stories to me. One story goes like this: A man is taking with him a goat to his house. Three thieves noticed this. The goat is very hale and healthy. Somehow they want to nab that animal and make merry. So they worked out a plan. One thief came from the opposite side and asked the man, why are you taking that dog. The man thought that the other person is mad. After five minutes another thief came that way and he said to the man why are you taking that dog with you. The poor man got a doubt, looked at the goat two to three times and continued walking. After another 5 minutes one more thief came that way again told , why this dog you are taking. The poor man thought that really that is a dog. Left it there and gone. Now the three thieves grabbed that goat and enjoyed. The moral is if many people says same thing, it will be believed more.

    This is how exactly the social media and electronic media is exploiting the public. They talk all non sense and circulate waste messages. We all believe the same, of course not for ever. We will realize the fact after some time.

    always confident

  • #595744
    In todays world we get any information or advice or warning from three main sources -
    1. Our elders, friends and relatives.
    2. Reputed books and periodical.
    3. Social media.

    Now anything coming from the first category will depend upon the person from whom it is coming. His or her earlier reputation. We always weigh information coming from this category on the basis of logic. If as per our understanding there is no logic in his or her information we dismiss it. For this category we are very selective.

    The second category is the authentic one and we take it as granted. Most of our knowledge and wisdom is based on this category. Unfortunately many people have not exploited this category fully.

    The third category is well known to every one and there is a lot of information available and it is very difficult to find out the real ones among them. Any way today many people are biased with this category and forward the information without checking the authenticity.

    In essence our mind is more receptive to second category in comparison to other two.

    Knowledge is power.

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