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Marijuana Contains "Alien DNA" Not From Our Solar System - NASA Confirms

It is big news, shocking, yet amazing, to the world. But unfortunately, it has nothing to do with aliens stoners merging with Earth's plants. But, as you are now reading, you will almost absolutely be curious about this research that looked into the snapping and sharing events of social media users reading content (may be not) and then sharing it on social media.





I have observed long ago that most of our followers will hopefully like, share and suggest an opinion on an article - without even reading it. We are not the only to notice this. Last April, NPR published an article on their Facebook page which questioned: "Why does not America read anymore?” The joke,  in fact, is that there was no article. They waited to see if their followers would weigh in with a suggestion without clicking the link, and they were not wrong.

We have been expecting for an opportunity to try it ourselves, and this seemed like the perfect chance. Yackler had some fun with the same article and succeeded in fooling a bunch of people.
  
A team of computer scientists at the University of Colombia and the French National Institute looked into a data-set of more than 2.8 million online news articles that were shared via Twitter. The study concluded that up to 59 percent of links shared on Twitter have never been clicked by that person’s followers, proposing that social media users are more interesting in sharing content than actually clicking on and reading it.

“People are more eager to share an article than actually read it,” the study’s co-author Arnaud Legout said in a report, Washington Post reports. “This is a typical modern information consumption. People make an opinion based on a summary, or a summary of summaries, without even trying to go deeper.”



This study concentrates on the psychology behind what makes people share content. Research conducted by The New York Times Customer Insight Group investigated what inspires people to share information. Just under half of the people asked in the survey said they share information on social media to tell people and to “enrich” those around them. On the other hand, they found 68 percent share to support and project a confident image of themselves – in a sense, to “define” themselves.

In the words of one applicant from the research: “I try to share only information that will support the image I’d like to present: thoughtful, reasoned, interested and passionate about a few things.”

It also points out the fact that whether social media is just a gigantic “echochamber”, where we all just like pages and views that support our own beliefs and are not interested in information for the sake of information. The algorithms of social media sites mean that individuals or pages that you are intending to click on, like, or shares – which are frequently the articles or views that you agree with – will more often find on your News Feed.

As a user of social media, you are probably pretty aware of this.

Take a look at any comment on social media pages, including those, of course, on the IFucking Love Science’s Facebook page. It’s mostly evident on the more “emotive” and controversial subjects; about climate changes, GMOs, vaccinations, extra-terrestrial life, and a lot of our articles on drugs like marijuana, where the top comments often repeat or questions about something that is fairly clearly in the article but is not the headline.

So, if you are one of our lucky followers who were able to click and read this article entirely, we congratulate you! Although we do apologize for the false headline. In the meantime, have fun sharing the article and see who manages to chair a conversation on marijuana genetics, without even reading it.

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