ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Human beings make decisions based on the information and knowledge they have available to them at the time the decision is made. This is why it’s important to have the ability to have access to complete, unbiased and accurate information. In the age of information, it is even more important to question all sources, and request additional information before making decisions whenever needed.
Signs of Optimal Health & Wellness
Indicators of thriving:
- Ability to question all sources, and identify biased, misleading or inaccurate information
- Ability to identify when sources or information are logically correct, and feel correct as well
Indicators of warning:
- Unsure if the source is trust-worthy
- Unsure if you are receiving the complete truth
- Feeling a sense of bias in the information
- Feeling pressured to not ask questions
Evaluating the information you receive is important. When something seems biased, untrue, or incomplete, it may be helpful to examine multiple sources on the same topic. In addition, it can be helpful examine the sources you have by asking questions: Is this headline designed to make me emotional in some way? Is this information biased to agree with me or someone else? Can I find other views on this topics without being afraid?
- Refrain from obtaining information from biased organizations
- Delete or limit social media
- Refrain from obtaining information from outlets that seek to insight heightened emotional reactions
- Change your browser settings to show your work, school or news source of choice rather than a pre-installed news setting
Find news and information outlets that are widely seen as the most unbiased sources of information at this time. If your exposure to negativity and biased news has impacted your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health, you may also want to get additional support.
If your exposure to misleading news and information has caused you to have active thoughts or intentions of harming yourself or others:
- Dial 911; or
- Go the nearest hospital emergency room