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Young Adults Don't Believe Everything They Read on Twitter, Says Researcher

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:37:14 +0000

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- There's an old saying: "Don't believe everything you read."

Here's the 2014 update: "Don't believe everything you read on Twitter," or on other social media sites.

Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University, conducted a study on "false memory," which happens when bogus information is presented after an actual event, which can change the perception of the original memory.

Fenn and her team had a group of people in their 20s view images of a man stealing a car, followed by false information in a scroll that resembled Twitter. When tested later, Fenn said that the participants were less likely to form false memories from the information featured in the Twitter facsimile.

The researcher concluded that "young adults are taking into account the medium of the message when integrating information into memory." In other words, they're not believing everything they read online.


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