We all know the old saying: “Don’t believe everything you hear”. As a society, we have come so far from this concept because of our quest for speed and instant access to information. Social media continues to change how people communicate with each other. We post almost anything we think, say, and are doing via social media because our society encourages real-time sharing and immediate response to the constant flow of information available to us. While this may serve society’s needs, instant access to any information should be critically evaluated—especially research retrieved from the Internet.
Students and educators should approach online research and evaluate sources with scrutiny. Be critical of information obtained from any media outlet, because many factors are influencing its delivery: economics, competition, and advertisers. Just because students and educators are able to get instant information doesn’t necessarily make it quality information, or academic, for that matter.