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Things the Internet Tells Us that are Wrong

Here are a few exercises that you might use to build information literacy awareness.
Each of these statements is incorrect.
• People should drink at least eight glasses of water a day
• We use only 10% of our brains
• Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
• Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker, or coarser
• Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight
• Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy
• Mobile phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals.
Source: Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine
You can learn a lot on the web. Content is [sort of] King. Kings are not always right!
Then again people still believe that water drains in different directions on either side of the equator!
If we can only get everyone to use the Snopes, Hoaxbusters or Urban Legends sites more often. A lot of folks are going to get better access to the web this holiday season. Prepare for the deluge of newbie goodness.
Be careful out there.
Stephen

Posted on: December 21, 2007, 11:33 am Category: Uncategorized

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