While young people may seem digitally savvy, their ability to evaluate online information can be summed up in one word, Stanford researchers say: “bleak.”
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If you need lessons on how to dominate Snapchat, you might turn to the young people in your life. But don’t look to them to tell you what’s real and what’s not online, a Stanford study released this week shows.
Students have trouble telling the difference between news stories and native ads (aka sponsored content), for example, and figuring out where the information came from in the first place, researchers found. More than 80 percent of students thought an ad labeled “sponsored content” was a news story. Read more.