Students have trouble judging credible information online, study says

kron-generic-lights-accident

(KRON)—A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found students have trouble distinguishing credible information.

The report found that students cannot reason about details they see online.

Some students had a hard time trying to tell the difference between advertisements and news articles.

“Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there,” said Professor Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report and founder of SHEG. “Our work shows the opposite to be true.”

The researchers began their study in January 2015 before fake news started popping up during the 2016 Presidential election.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s