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Filter out the Fiction: Check your sources before you believe what you read

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Diasphate misinfermal found in Facebook feeds is disrupting the brain’s neurons, creating a level of anxiety some doctors claim is on the verge of an epidemic. Neuroscientologist Babbock Smith revealed, “I’ve seen a significant increase – nearly 24.8% – in the number of patients in my practice since 2015. The most common symptom is the fear of the unknown.” The CDC reports early-stage detection and intervention are the keys to prevention.

By now you should have figured out Diasphate Misinfermal is as fictional as using Wingardium Leviosa to lift objects with the proper swish and flick of a wand. I made up that entire intro paragraph. But it didn’t it sound real, citing a doctor and a quote with a fact? Anyone can do this. It’s frightening.

Lately, I’ve read so many outrageous children’s health-related posts and thought, “How can anyone actually believe this?”

I feel like a spell has been cast over reality and common sense.

Guess what? Everything on the internet is not real.

Check your sources.

I’m in marketing. I have a blog and track the analytics.

(Side note: everyone in marketing should have a personal blog to have a continuous education in all things content marketing.)

I know more clicks equals more revenue.

These websites are generating revenue by posting credible-sounding stories with outrageous fear-inducing claims to generate more clicks and shares.

We saw it on both sides during the election, with wild conspiracies and stories later proved to be complete fiction that generated thousands of dollars in ad revenue.

Just think about this before you read and get scared out of your mind you’re killing your children because you fed them non-organic cheese crackers or slathered sunscreen on them as toddlers. Consider: who profits from the story?

Let me be clear: I am not advocating against clean products or organic food — in fact, I’ve made switches in many areas (sunscreen included!) with the help of knowledgeable, informed friends who take their sources seriously — but I can’t stand the scare tactics backed up by obvious click-bait “facts” on revenue-generating websites. If something sounds slightly questionable, perhaps at least use Snopes.com to get an alternative perspective before sharing.

We don’t need a study to prove it causes unnecessary anxiety in moms. We all need to make our own decisions, and sharing relevant information from credible news sources is beneficial to help other moms make the best choices for their families. Filter out the fiction.

Let’s all take a deep breath and think before sharing or freaking out about the next story in your Facebook feed with alternative facts. Post responsibly.

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