You Don’t Want the Truth. You Want to Have Fun!
News and gossip in the age of social media.
Humans are naturally curious. We are interested in learning new things. Because we were designed this way. Learning something new is a necessity for our survival.
But we also want to know things because they are interesting. It’s fun!
Although most people would claim they want to know the “truth,” this isn’t the case. They want a juicy story, and the juicier it is, the better!
There is a famous quote that says:
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” ― Mark Twain.
I’ve experienced media attacks on myself and people I know entirely untrue. Yet, because someone said it and it’s a more intriguing story, most individuals will believe it over reality.
It’s sad, but it’s true.
Today, it is more important to be first than to be correct. The 24-hour news cycle has turned us into people of instant gratification. If it’s not on the news, it must not be happening.
This is a dangerous way of thinking, and it can lead to some huge mistakes.
We need to start taking the time to verify the information before we spread it around. We also need to be more critical of what we choose to believe.
Just because something sounds sensational doesn’t mean that it’s true.
Gossip is the best seller.
I was surprised to learn that gossip magazines and tv programs are some of the most successful. People love to gossip, and they love to hear juicy stories even more.
People love to believe that they are getting a sneak peek into someone else’s life and that they are privy to some big secret. It makes them feel important and in the know.
Gossip is damaging. It can ruin reputations and relationships. But people continue to engage in it.
It’s because we all like a good scandal, or perhaps it’s because we feel like we’re getting the real story when we’re not.
Whatever the reason, we need to be aware of gossip’s damage and avoid it whenever possible.
Why are we so interested in other people’s lives?
There could be several reasons we are so interested in other people’s lives. Maybe we are bored and looking for something to entertain us.
We might be curious about what other people are doing. Or perhaps we like to gossip.
No matter the reason, it’s important to remember that other people’s lives are not our business. We should only be concerned with our own lives and not worry about what everyone else is doing.
It can be challenging to resist the temptation to gossip, but it’s worth the effort.
Gossip can do a lot of damage, both to the individual who is the subject of the story and the person who is spreading it.
It’s time to put a stop to gossiping!
There are always at least two sides to every story!
It’s easy to forget that there are always two sides to every story. Before you believe everything you hear, take the time to consider all of the facts.
It’s possible that the person you’re talking to only has part of the story and is not presenting all of the facts. So, be sure to ask questions and get as much information as you can before passing on a juicy story.
It’s also important to remember that not everything we hear is true. Just because something sounds sensational doesn’t mean that it’s accurate. Remember to be critical of the information you receive and verify it before spreading it around.
The truth may be way more straightforward or even dull. Don’t get caught up in the hype, and take the time to consider all of the facts before passing on information.
Be sure to practice healthy skepticism when it comes to information you hear from others! It might save you from making a mistake! Or, worse, get someone else into trouble!
It’s time to start thinking for ourselves and verifying the information we receive before spreading it around. We need to be more critical of what we believe and stop trusting everything we hear.
It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
Thank you for reading! I hope this article has made you think about news and gossip’s roles in our lives.
This article was first published on Medium.com.