There’s a phenomena called the Confirmation Bias which “occurs from the direct influence of desire on beliefs. When people would like a certain idea/concept to be true, they end up believing it to be true. They are motivated by wishful thinking. This error leads the individual to stop gathering information when the evidence gathered so far confirms the views (prejudices) one would like to be true (source).
Basically what this means is that we as individuals tend to favor information that confirms what we are already thinking. It’s easy because we are creatures of herds, we like to know that we are alone in our beliefs. The appeal to belong is instinctual as well as dangerous.
How is it dangerous you might ask?
Well, in a world where “alternative facts” now exist we can no longer depend on our Facebook feed for correct information. We can’t just flip on the TV and rely on the news to be filled with sufficient and accurate news *cough cough FOX*.
This means that we have to go out of our way to inform ourselves about what is going on in the world. With the new administration purposely giving out misleading information, it is imperative to be consciously aware of what is going on in our society. That includes, taking a step outside of our bubble to see what that “opposing” side has to say.
One cannot make a well informed decision, nor hold a compelling argument unless they are informed on both sides of the story. Some may say that the burden of accurate reporting and understanding current events is too much for the everyday citizen. I say, stop being lazy. If you have time to read this post, to scroll threw Twitter, to post that stupid thing on Facebook, you have time to read an article from an unbiased source.
Here’s a nice image to help you get along. This is also a little old, so obviously FOX has turned into click-bait trash, but hey if you’re into “alternative facts” then that’s the way to go.