The Internet is more gullible than ever

In an age where we are at the height of learning, it’s sometimes shocking to see how gullible the Internet can be sometimes. Just last week, many fell for an elaborate Facebook satire piece in which the article claimed that Mark Zuckerberg would start charging users to access his social network. Then, back in August, a woman by the name of Jasmine Tridevil took the web by storm with her triple-boob job. She was later ousted as a fraud when airport security went through her stolen baggage, only to come across an item described as a “3 breast prosthesis”.

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mydyingparadiselost2417d ago

Um, it's not the internet that's stupid, it's the people using it. And I'm sure we've all known for a long time now that people tend to be dumb, at least to some extent. Humanities history is full of people taking advantage of public idiocy (everything from healing tonics full of mercury to Hitler and his control over Germany) and the only thing that's changed since then is the technology. Us people, whether we like it or not, are still pretty fking stupid ;)

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SilentNegotiator2417d ago

EVERYONE is using the internet now; it's no longer a thing that only slightly (and higher) tech savvy use. Naturally, extra stupidity comes with anyone and everyone joining the party.

cyclindk2416d ago

"Humanity's" not "humanities" unless you were attempting to prove your own point :)

thorstein2412d ago

In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.

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dennett3162417d ago

When you see legit stories of people going to back alley cosmetic surgeries to get a mixture of cement, mineral oil and flat-tyre sealant injected into their butt...someone having a 3rd boob fitted isn't completely unbelievable. Search for Oneal Ron Morris to find the above story.
No matter what is said in the article or by the first commenter, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

SilentNegotiator2417d ago (Edited 2416d ago )

Totally agree; this story really isn't very outlandish at all.

neoragex2416d ago

Nice pair of boobies, oh wait...

SilentNegotiator2417d ago (Edited 2416d ago )

The worst part is all of the agenda-fueled truth warping. Like the claim going around the internet that women "make less money for the same work" when the study that is based on takes no account for experience, time worked (aside from being full time - except that full time men work an average of NINE more hours), the jobs being worked and how dangerous they are (consider coal miners vs secretaries and what genders fill those positions, typically), etc....that wouldn't be the "same" work, would it?

awiseman2416d ago

You will find that the people pushing these shady statistics are part of a larger conspiracy to overthrow democracy. Not unlike the early social engineering of the Nazi/Socialist party in Germany.

Soldierone2415d ago

THIS annoys the absolute hell out of me! It is seriously one of my biggest pet peeves in the world. Someone stupid brings up something like this and then uses another stupid persons "facts" to back them up, then they argue with you when you prove it all wrong. I've seen many agenda's doing this now.

It sucks because someone with no brain can make an "official stat" and then the groups go mad. It just drives me insane talking with stupid people, and then giving part of their group power like this just makes talking with them even worse.

Dasteru2416d ago (Edited 2416d ago )

I learned to accept a long time ago that 95% of the world has an IQ below 90. I am much more suprised when i see or hear about someone who actually has a brain than when i see something like this. Even alot of studies from so called "scientists" these days, make me break out laughing and they are the ones payed to be intelligent. It was around 15 years ago that scientists actually lowered the IQ requirement for being labeled a genius from 160 to 140 because so many of them couldn't make the cut.

Soldierone2415d ago

I sit on the middle of the fence. I've read stories that were so blatantly fake that I would laugh, only to see someone on Facebook sharing it on Facebook going "Omg... this is so offensive I can't believe it!!!!" You explain to them "The Onion is fake, it's not real" and they reply "NUH UHH THE FACTS ARE THERE!"

Then there are people that will discredit real news. I saw Fox report something and some person was saying how it was all wrong yatta yatta, why? Because Fox posted it. So I posted the same story from another source and they shut up.

People are so stupid these days would it be surprising to see that?

What makes me sad is when actual news sources pick it up too. The bar to be a journalist, even on major websites, is so low these days it's sad.