In my humble opinion, online information is generally considered to be reliable if they come from an authentic source like a renowned news portal or website. However, in many cases, online information or news may not be as reliable as one would have liked them to be since we are not always able to separate facts from opinion and fiction especially when they come from unknown sources or from social networking platforms where anyone can share any information or news he or she likes.
Well, it depends on what kinds of information I am looking for. But, in most cases, I try to use the “Google” search engine to find all kinds of information in general unless I know about a specific website or webpage that could provide me with that information. But obviously, after Google presents me with a large number of search results, I try to browse the most renowned and authentic website to extract information that I need. Anyway, I use Google search engine and Wikipedia because they seem to have answers for virtually everything.
Yes, I would say that there is indeed too much information online since virtually everybody and every entity are free to place all kinds of information on the internet without worrying too much about their authenticity. Moreover, the same information could be found on an overwhelming number of websites and portals.
Well, as far as I am concerned, I take several factors into consideration to verify the authenticity of the news on social media primarily because in social media platforms anyone can share anything. I consider the sharer (who has shared the post), content (what the topic is about), verifiable source (can the information be corroborated from other sources?) and age (the age of the account) before relying on news from social networking platform.
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Who usually does the shopping in your home?
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Do you have family or friends living in the countryside?
Why do some people move to a city from a rural area? Do you know someone who did so?