After researching the hundred most populate health articles of 2018, researchers discovered that the vast majority were either ill-informed, misinterpreted or just plain garbage.
The internet lies, everyone knows this. Everyone except the baby boomer set, maybe. One of the primary tentacles of that nonsense squid is faux medical advice, a great tidal wave of nonsense that laps at the gap under your door, threatening to soil the furniture of your better logic and sweep you away to a land where nothing hurts, and everything will kill you.
Good news, though, because someone in the know decided to figure out how many lies exist on the healthier side of the internet. As it turns out, it’s all (mostly) porky pies.
Health Feedback (a bipartisan network of scientists who collectively assess the credibility of health media coverage, the dorks), worked together with the Credibility Coalition (ditto) to examine the 100 most popular health articles of 2018–particularly focusing on the pieces with the largest number of social media engagements. They pulled data from numerous websites on the journalistic spectrum, such as Time, NPR, the Huffington Post, Daily Mail, New Scientist, CNN, and et cetera.
Of the top 10 shared articles, they found that three quarters were either misleading or included false information. Only three of the top ten were considered “highly credible.” The rest lacked context, exaggerated the threat, or overstated research findings. I blame the writers, the lazy gits. Clearly, they twisted the findings, didn’t get it, or were pushing an agenda. It seems these print empires need to be cured of their own systemic illness with no cure – doing anything for the clicks.
Measuring the damage of flat out lies is hard to figure. We, as children of the internet know to substantially salt anything we read. We wouldn’t just choose not to vaccinate, or shirk a cure because we discovered a piece that states exactly what we want to hear and not actually bothering to research it. I mean, it’s not like diseases we killed off two hundred years ago are again roaming the streets unfettered.