The Problem With News On Social Media

Growing up pre-Internet days, the  news was a 35 minute segment that occurred nightly at 11:00pm. A finite amount of time that prioritized the most "important" (which usually translated as "most tragic") events of the day. Events of greater significance got more air time, and more explanation. This is no longer the case.

Many people gleam their news from a Facebook feed or Twitter, where only the headline and a caption can be seen. Every story gets equal screen real estate, from a cat playing with yarn, to hundreds of refugees trying to reach freedom. And because everything is streamlined to appear on a phone screen, the time invested on each story is usually equal: mere seconds.

One of two things now occur, either we don't care about the truly important things because our brain just sees pixels on a screen, or we choose to rage over meaningless news (like, cups for example). We dive no deeper than the headline, see what our friends are commenting, and immediately choose a side.

All this leads to a lack of critical thinking, study, and an unhealthy formation of opinion. So before you post that seething comment, step back for a minute. Do a little research, and don't let the barrage of social media dull your sensitivities.

Stephen Roblessocial media