Media literacy is important to understand in the age of social media. In a world where information can be shared with the click of a button, it is hard to understand the impact of what is shared and how people share it.Guy Golan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Strategic Communication, recently spoke with Adithi Ramakrishnan of the Dallas Morning News about media literacy and how users can improve their experience through media literacy. Based on a study from the University of Texas at Austin, Ramakrishnan interrogated the way in which users feel like “experts” when sharing articles on social media without reading or comprehending the content.
Golan encouraged users to take a step back and consider what they choose to share. “When we consume online information, most people make a decision about the content that they’re viewing within a few seconds, nanoseconds,” Golan said, “and I think the first initial step is to encourage people to spend a little more time with the information.”
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