Should You Believe What You Read?
We all know that reading is crucial for personal growth. The more you read, the more you’ll know. So it can be great to say to yourself that you’re going to read more. As part of this, you may even want to become very widely well-read, so that you’re broadening your horizons. However, as part of this process, the danger is that you may end up reading material that isn’t exactly sound, true, or based on factual evidence. This, can then taint your knowledge and personal growth. So, should you believe what you read?
Knowing What To Believe
Well, first of all, you’re going to want to be able to know what to believe. Sure, if you’re reading fiction, then you know it’s just for fun. You don’t have to take anything too seriously. However, when it comes to non-fiction and news, how do you know what you can and can’t believe?
Trusting Credible Sources
One of the things that can help you to trust what you’re reading, is the source. Diving into a factual book written by your college profession on their area expertise? You can bet that it’s fact-checked and telling the truth. Reading work by a well-known author, credible journalist, or well-known publications with a wealth of history? Yes, once again. But there are things you need to look out for.
Detecting Fake News
Lots of unreliable sources will report fake news. They do this for sensationalism, to generate advertising revenue, or even to sway political campaigns. Take a look at the infographic below to understand more about detecting fake news.
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