My personal strategy for analyzing information is to examine both sides of the “truth”. If a major American political story happens, I head to both CNN and Fox News to examine the spin from both sides of the political spectrum. In fact, I believe that is important to read several versions of the same story as it allows you to get a first-hand look at how the truth can be manipulated.
Average Day Media Consumption:
On an average day, I consume the majority of my information and news from Twitter. I follow approximately 225 accounts that are focused around my personal interests (sports, wrestling, pop culture, local and national news). If I were to estimate, I would say that I check Twitter 40-50 times a day. I try to read the tweets in a chronological order as I do not like to feeling that I am missing out on any news. I agree that this level of checking in may be excessive and I can certainly see how my FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) has taken hold.
These last few months have not been very kind to Facebook, and it is very hard to be sympathetic as it is pretty much all their own doing.
Ignoring for a moment the latest Facebook Cambridge scandal, I simply have run out of patience for the hate and vitriol spewed in the comments section of every single Leader Post or CBC Story. No one has the mental capacity for dialogue anymore, instead people dig into their entrenched positions and hurl hateful insults back and forth.
I often wonder why I have not deleted my Facebook account, but the main reason to hold on is that I love receiving the Memory notifications to see pictures of my kids when they were just babies. But those memories are only a brief respite and I predict Facebook will continue to take a major slide.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!