Social Media and News: The Side effects of deceptive titles
The increased influence of social media as well as the easily accessible and affordable Internet have led many to turn to social media news and viewing. But this has also brought many side effects. In this article, we will learn about this. We will also look at the steps that can be taken to prevent this.
Since the views of an article/news page or video generate financial revenue, many nowadays have become attracted to people through sensational, deceptive, intriguing, sensational videos/posts/articles. For this reason, we often do not see good content. Moreover, because this content is mainly emotional, the focus is reduced from objects. Many people are wasted too much time, and they are suffering some psychological and social consequences.
The main objective of social media companies is to force users to put or use their platforms for as long as possible so that they will benefit financially. This is often done with the help of scientific studies of human psychology and its work and their design and algorithms (that is, programs for which post/video will be shown to customers) These algorithms determine the following posts with the help of likes and shares that users have seen before, so often fake news, click-bet (what to see) come to the users. There are many side effects. Let’s take an example…
Suppose a user is a political party, person, a supporter/opponent of thought, the same type of posts are shown on his News Feed or YouTube account so that the platform is used. This often does not reveal the other side of something, and the addition of fake news, click-bet, etc. increases in news feeds. For this reason, many things are often mistreated by news/videos on social media. Another side effect is that if the opposite opinion is exposed, the mindset of listening to something appears to be decreasing among users.
What is Click-Bet?
Often you will see posts/videos on Facebook/Twitter News Feed, YouTube. ‘You will be surprised to see this.’ ‘You will not believe it.’ ‘These are 10 important things.’ These deceptive and intriguing, sensational headlines make people click and in fact, they are not important in videos, sections or news, and they are attempting to take people to the website. The news/posts that make people click by such a deceptive and intriguing one is called click-bye.
As such users are accustomed to reading articles like Click-Bet, it becomes difficult for such users to read important articles/editorial pages. In fact, this is another psychological side effect.
Even whatsapp is shared by many news people without verifying the truth. This helps in spreading fake news. Last year, WhatsApp had launched a public awareness campaign.
You can take the following steps to avoid the above
Unfollowing such pages if a news site or social media page is constantly click-beat, provocative videos. Also, prefer e-paper, or print media (news paper or magazines) rather than reading news on the website. Another advantage is that we can get a lot of information in a shorter time than we read online papers. (You can definitely try this experiment yourself!)
If you see such posts in your News Feed, you can select the ‘Hide Post/ See Many Post Like This/ Unfollow Page’ by clicking on the Settings (Three Dots icon) on that post. Similarly, you can use the ‘Not Interested’ option by clicking on the settings that are near the video on YouTube.
Quit the WhatsApp group that spreads rumors, false news. Also, removing forwards like this from the group. The social media posts and posts are often more untrue. Rumors, false news incite people’s feelings and make them more mis-treated.
In fact, although social media platforms are more responsible than users in many of the above things (mainly because human psychology’s use of social media platforms for economic benefit) has been the main cause of the common man and society. We request that we take into account these factors and implement measures to reduce the side effects.
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