Information about positive and negative infodemics
Would people be more interested in positive or negative news?
Even though good news is great and uplifting for lots of things, people are more interested in bad news because we can learn from bad news and try our best not to repeat the mistakes that others made, or that we’re already making. It can inform us of serious things so that we are prepared and ready for it, or to make sure that we aren’t doing things that contribute to the problem (without us knowing) and to help make it better instead.
Is an infodemic most likely going to be negative or positive during this time?
As COVID -19 continues to spread, there’s most likely going to be more negative news to scare you, even when it’s not entirely true. In addition, this could also lead to scams to take your money and details by mentioning something dangerous and something that you love, or like your family e.g. if you got a message saying ‘covid is more deadly and dangerous than ever and your family could have the symptoms without knowing, click on this link and give details so that we can help your family survive this deadly virus’. Lots of people out there aren’t aware of scams like this, so they could easily get tricked into giving their personal details by clicking on a link or going to a fake website and have your money and ID stolen. During a pandemic such as this deadly virus, as humans it is expected you will hear and see both negative and positive reactions from people, its human nature. There's always going to be a party who will not agree when another party agrees on something.
How might someone’s perspective affect their opinion of an infodemic?
It could affect their opinion because they might see something from a different angle from where I'm standing whereas I might see something entirely different which would also affect their understanding of the situation. But, nobody would be wrong because different people are viewing the news from different perspectives. If someone hears something on the news, everyone is bound to have a different opinion as everyone has their choice to do so.
It shouldn’t lead to any arguments for everyone has different feelings, choices and opinions because of the way they normally think or how they react. It depends on what you think about the news and how you feel about it e.g. Schools are closed in your area but they are open in other areas.
What if two people see or hear different statistics about the same issue, one positive and one negative? Is this fair?
This is unfair because why should only some people get the right information? Everyone should get the truth otherwise no one would know what to believe and could end up trusting the wrong information. A more in-depth explanation of this is that more negative news is spreading than positive news and more people are reading these fake websites which can affect peoples’ confidence to put more fake news on the internet. This can cause many infomedics because according to scientists, people find that fake news is more interesting than factual news.
We could solve this problem by encouraging others to watch and read news on tv channels and articles such as BBC because journalists and reporters that work there report the correct information and spread true things which is good. Reporters and journalists are responsible for bringing us the true news.
What is bad about hearing so much negative news?
The bad thing about hearing lots of negative news is that because people demand it people who post news supply more by sometimes making it up. This is called ‘supply and demand’ which fake newsers do a lot. Because of all this fake and negative news, people don’t know what’s true or what to believe and could end up trusting wrong information and more fake websites.
How can we stop infodemics spreading?
We could stop an infodemic by being critical when you look at social media, don’t leave false information in your online networks, you can politely ask the person who shared it to remove it, report the false information to the platform administrators, when in doubt, take the time to verify the shared information and make more noise than people who share false information.
Another way to stop infodemics from spreading is to tell other and to do it yourself to ask yourself these questions:
- Has the story been reported anywhere else?
- Is it from a reliable source?
- If there’s a photo or image, has it been taken out of context?
I got my information and facts from BBC.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and if you agree or disagree with my post and explain why so I can amend it and respond back.