We live in a time where we have unprecedented access to a wealth of information.
Information is rapid and abundant on the internet, which allows us to personalize our realities. The loudest and most extreme voices dictate discussion, overshadowing the experts whose job it is to present factual information. It is easier than ever to appear as a credible voice, regardless of credentials, intentions, and motives. What’s more, “truth” and “fact,” things that should be objective, are now questioned.
When we are overwhelmed with information, our emotions take over, and we become more reactive, leading to tribalism and an inability to decipher between fact and opinions.
With all this information, we crave being “in the know,” but instead of taking the time to seek out an objective reality, we search for information that confirms our beliefs and expectations. With this surplus of information comes a false sense of knowledge.