The internet is an interesting place. You can find everything. Seriously. Everything from how quantum physics works to the best sheep shearing techniques, the internet has it all. Want to learn to swim? Internet. Get a job? Internet. Find a cool cafe? Internet. Get a degree? Internet. How did we even live before this? Well, we did, somehow. The truth is that the internet has done a lot of good. Actually, that’s an understatement. It has almost single-handedly perpetuated revolutions (the Arab Spring). As with most things, however, there is a downside.
The good thing, of course, is that everyone has a platform. The bad thing? That everyone has a platform. As engineers would say, the signal to noise ratio is pretty low. For every useful piece of information (signal), there is quite a bit of spam (noise). Today, that is where our focus will be. We are interested not only in the loudest “noise,” but also the most harmful and wrong “noise.” As you can imagine, the internet has no shortage. Whether it is flat earth theory (yes, this is actually a thing) or “Doctors hate him!!” advertisements, the internet is full of noise. These are the 25 Biggest Lies Told On The Internet That People Still Strangely Believe!
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That this person did such-and-such, and they are terrible.
Quite often the image macros we see on the internet are just random photos pulled from facebook profiles. That woman didn’t actually sleep around while her husband was deployed.
You will make a difference by signing that online petition.
Even the Australian government is in on this one.
Dihydrogen Monoxide is killing us because the government forces us to ingest it.
And everyone who drinks it dies. Guys…it’s water. This social experiment has been around for a while with the stated intention of showing how gullible people are. It involves calling water according to its less familiar name and then stating some of its supposedly “dangerous” properties. People have been falling for this for years.
All your friends have amazing lives.
Yes, facebook makes it seem that way because it’s stuffed with super happy images of your friends with their kids and houses, but it’s not true. Everyone has problems; they just put their best face on the internet. Researchers have actually shown that spending time on facebook can trigger depression precisely because of this.