Well done, user! You made it to the end of YouMind. I'm glad you decided to come with me on this journey.
Below, I've laid out your greatest pitfall, based on what behavior you displayed. You'll also find below what you can do to beat these challenges. After checking your trainer kit, I'll see you again at the door below!
Your greatest challenge: Misinformation.
True or False
Google sets up user profiles with characteristics, and that's risky because all their partners can use to send you personalized ads.
Curious about what your profile looks like?
Check it by login into Google and clicking here.
YouTube (and Google) know
A LOT about who you are.
Here are some safe and reliable websites to check for information:
Data Empowerment (set up by a team of researchers, it aims to help you learn more about data!)
Associated Press News (not-for-profit news agency, with more than 50 Pulitzer Prizes)
Reuters (is usually the place where other news sites go to check their information!)
BBC (independent and regulated by Ofcom that receives direction from the British Parliament).
Today, we live in the so-called "Post-Truth" era, this basically means we are more likely to believe information that appeals to our personal believes and emotion, rather than objective facts.
This is especially the case since we get so much of our information through social media channels. Though this is indeed easy, always remember to check think critically and check other sources.
Want to know more about post-truth? Check it here.
The "Post-Truth" era
Let me ask you... I have this substance, 100% of the people who drink it eventually die, it's used in most bombs and poison. Would you ever drink the substance?
Your biggest pitfall is misinformation. This means you're likely influenced by what you watch. It's easy to move from James Corden to the 'Social Dilemma' and the influence of social media. This means especially with these serious topics it is important to fact-check it!
See the statement above? That substance is water. This is why framing is everything when it comes to presenting facts.
Even presenting facts from just one side, is not fully the truth. And remember, most people you watch have a hidden agenda; ulterior motives. You want to make sure you keep an open mind while watching a video.
This is what you can do:
Keep asking yourself:
Am I sure what is portrayed in this video is fact-based?
Should I check another video or news articles?
Does this align with other information?
Am I open-minded about this topic?
Are any numbers mentioned, or reliable sources?
Is the YouTuber gaining anything with presenting this fact to me?
What else you should check: Rabbitholes.
Don't be fooled by harmless nature,
they can do more damage than you think!
Not your greatest pitfall but still important!
You might start off with entertainment based videos such as you did with James Cordon. But ultimately end up diving into the dangers of social media.
It's not bad in itself to be influenced by algorithms, because most of us are! But you are likely to see more one-sided information, which could end up being a problem.
This is what you can do:
Use safer browsers, such as Brave or make use of a VPN to protect your searches and privacy online. This limits algorithms influence.
Delete your YouTube history! YouTube saves all your searches and clicks to help build a profile of you (which is also used by third parties and Google btw!). Here you can find easy steps on how to do it.
You did well, user! Now, remember. Algorithms can be convenient, but make sure you know that most of what you see is filtered. This way you are in charge of shaping your online reality. Good luck out there!