Utilizing Critical Thinking in the Digital Information Age
The digital information age has been one of the most defining moments of this century. People no longer wait for news and other programs to get knowledge as it previously was. You can now access whatever information you want using your phone. Over the years, digital devices have moved from large desktops to wearable technologies such assmart watches and smart glasses, with phones becoming increasingly versatile.
We are currently living in an era when information is widely available. Whenever people are faced with a question, their default response is ‘Google it’ rather than brainstorming for an answer. This contrasts sharply from what used to happen in the past whereby books were the main source of information.
The lack of a ready information portal in the past meant that studentslearnt to research for information and check on the authenticity of information before accepting it as the truth. There were also a few outlets where information was disseminated such asprint media, television, and radio. Information passing through these sources was equally verified.
In the current digital age, anyone can publish any information on their websites, social media platforms, and other inline forums. There is no standard for verifying the information. Unfortunately, those looking for similar information do not really check the authenticity of the information. As a result, propaganda and false information often gets construed as the truth thus causing decision-making problems.
Developing and utilizing critical thinking
Critical thinking involves conceptualizing the information, applying the information when problems, analyzing the information, and synthesizing it before making a final evaluation. It is only after all this that a logical conclusion can be made.Unfortunately, this lacks in the data age since answers are widely and readily available and there is no push to verify the source or even compare information.
There is a great need to enhance critical thinking, especially among students and the working class so that they can have quality and factual information as well as improve their mental ability to solve problems. Here are several ways to achieve this:
Determine The Motive Behind The Information
Most information found on the Internet has a hidden motive behind it. The companies and writers who put the information on the Internet were probably trying to sell something to the readers. Others are propagandists looking to influence a reader’s mode of thinking.
Despite the efforts by search engines to filter out websites that are sales oriented from the top ranks, lots of infomercials are stillmaking it to the top of SERPS. Online researchers must be taught to decipher the motive behind the information provided to differentiate authentic websites that are giving factual information from marketers.
Improving The Quality Of Research
The biggest problem with many researchers is relying on the first source they bum into as their core informational base. Whenever there is a problem that requires answers, it is essential that solutions are sought from at least three different sources. With comparison, it is easy to tell if the information from any of them is not factual. In-depth research also helps improve critical evaluation and comprehension.
Critical thinking helps us to think through problems and apply the right information when developing solutions. It is important that the digital age learns to differentiate factual and fake information. Moreover, it is good that information comes from various online and offline sources so that it is accurate and has enough facts.