In the recent article, “Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News from Real, Study Finds,” Camila Domonoske proves that many students are not apprehendable to false information presented by social media or even the news.
In the article, there is a picture of defected flowers titled “Fukushima Nuclear Flowers.” The caption of the picture read “Fukushima Nuclear Flowers: Not much more to say, this is what happens when flowers get nuclear birth defects.” From this single picture, about 80% of high school students believed this information to be true.
I just thought that it was unbelievable that fellow peers of the same age as I would be so vulnerable to misleading information. In the picture, not all of the flowers were defected in the first place. There was no sign that the flowers were in Fukushima either – they could’ve been daisies in a garden.
The fact that 80%.. (80!!!) really believed this image to be true makes me nervous for the future and what’s to come.