Being connected to social networks can be a good option for entertainment, knowing what is happening, and finding free content that can be shared in solidarity. However, it can also be a source of anxiety and fake news, which are massively spread around during these times.
There are several types of fake news. According to the Journalists’ Association Jnet there are seven categories of this type of information, including impostor content, which happens when genuine sources are supplanted with malicious content. There is also content manipulated for other not so laudable purposes.
To combat this news, you have to learn how to use the appropriate filters, be sure to go to official sources, and not share the news without verifying it first. The Colombian Ministry of Information Technology and Communication shares 9 tips that you can use as a checklist to see if the information is reliable. Regarding WhatsApp chains with unknown authors, the Ministry warns, “It is best not to share this information. Ask yourself it if comes from a legitimate source you have trusted in the past. Research the name of the platform or author. Pay attention to whether or not the site that produced the news is credible. If the news makes reference to a media outlet, you can go to their website to see if the content was really taken from that platform.”
To prevent the flood of information from affecting your mental health, try to disconnect from your devices often and have productive leisure time for reading, listening to music, or doing a hobby.
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