Make sure you have a healthy information diet.
We know that we should care about the quality of the food we eat. Doesn’t it make sense that we should also care about the quality of the information we consume?. The information we consume shapes our perceptions, decisions, and social interactions in profound ways. Just like a poor quality food and can have consequences for our health, poor quality information can have consequences for our knowledge repertoire (or knowledge health). And what is the problem with that? Well, the problem is that our knowledge repertoire is what we use to interreact with the world around us in a logical and objective way. If we learn something that is wrong or flawed, this can lead to flawed decision-making, poor judgments and incorrect conclusions – all of which can have very negative consequences for our lives and the lives of other people around us.
So making sure that we have access to, and can recognise accurate and reliable information is really important if we want to make rational and well-informed decisions about so many aspects of our lives, from healthcare and finance to politics and social interactions.
When people are well-informed, they become more empowered and better prepared to engage in meaningful public conversations, understand complex issues, and make appropriate choices during key events in their lives, such as elections, for example. Being well-informed with accurate and reliable information also promotes a culture of learning, which reinforces the democratic process and contributes to a more robust and resilient society.