Okay, I’ll admit that sounds a little hokey. I mean we all gotta die sometime, right? I was doing searches via Bing last night when I saw the headline that meant I had to write this post. I mean if you can drink coffee and lower your risk of death we’d all want to know that, right? I certainly do. Although I’m a mom of a nearly 9 month old so when do I get to drink coffee? I probably should have had some before I tried to write this post.
The full article can be viewed here. Honestly though I was drawn to click-through to the article, because it didn’t make sense. How could multiple cups of coffee lower my death risk? It can’t. This is the kind of link though that gets your attention without fail. This post wasn’t exactly click bait so much as poor phrasing, but I’m reminded of so many articles I see rolling across my Facebook. I’m reminded to look at the source for information. I think about the articles related to Syrian refugees flooding my feed, and I begin to realize that I need less clutter in my digital life. I also begin to realize that people want to share information that has a header that will cause someone to take notice.
If I shared this article with the header provided in the Bing snapshot, I am positive that some people would click on it with immediate interest. Some of those people would be like me and guess that there had to be a catch while others may not. Are we responsible for the information we share? Do you have to vet the material before you pass it along on Facebook? I think the simple truth is yes. We all have to do a little bit more research when something sounds too good to be true or leans too much one direction politically. We shouldn’t just post things because they agree with our stance. We have to know that the source of information is legitimate.
I believe we owe it to our friends to not pass along misleading headlines and/or headlines that support how we feel about something without verifying that the content is real. Do you?