““People are more willing to share an article than read it. This is typical of modern information consumption,” said the study’s co-author Arnaud Legout in a statement. “People form an opinion based on a summary, or a summary of summaries, without making the effort to go deeper.””
I didn’t need a study, I already noticed this happening a while back. We have reached this point as a society, where opinions are formed based almost entirely on headlines. We see a headline that appears to agree with something we believe, and we share it. Whether the source was accurate, or the article actually said what we assumed it to be about, is irrelevant. The “news” is out there, and as they say, a lie is halfway around the world before the truth even gets it’s pants on.
There is a lot of commonly held truth out there, that isn’t true.
It’s dangerous to spread information out there that you haven’t read, and this pattern of reading only the headline, and then sharing is probably why we have an internet full of ridiculous website headlines, instead of well-thought out and articulate writing. It’s all about the headline baby, no one cares about the rest.
We have only ourselves to blame for it too.