Limitless trust in google and co

Search engines seem to guarantee the creditance of websites and information, which is not very up, is hardly perceived

It’s already that young people, especially as students who should be trained in critical thinking and assessing information, a deep-seated trust to the world, in the case: have to search engines. According to a study of communications scientists of Northwestern University, most students simply ame that they do not just use a search engine, especially Google, to find something, they also trust that among the first results that the search engine lists, The relevant is also.

Google and Co. seem to guarantee the credibility and relevance of the information, a questioning of the source and the context, let alone the search algorithms itself, seems to be. This is greatly crisp, especially as Google has become a monopoly worldwide, which results in what Google does not find (and listed under the first search results), practically nothing exists. A student said: "I’d Go on Google, That’s Where Everyone Goes." A student interpreted: "I Basically do Everything on Google."

Google’s dominance can be seen that for searching on the Web the term googling worldwide. The term used many of the students also used. Eszter Hargittai, Professor for Communication Sciences and Head of the Study, says the students just amed that when Google lists something first, then it is also credible. But that’s why it’s wrong because Google does not judge a website for believeness. The ranking proves to be very important for the creditance of a website, as it is designed and which content is found there, is already adequately.

For the study, which appeared in the International Journal of Communication, scientists responded to 102 students in the first semester of different disciplines of the University of Illinois in Chicago and gave them tasks. The scientists sab in addition to the students, watching their behavior and occasionally asked, while students should tell you how to pursue their search. That the students usually used search engines to tackle a task, is not surprised, finally search engines the gates to the web. But that a quarter of the students closed the first website listed by Google is already amazing, especially since they say that they decide for the first result because it is first listed. Often, so the study, the search engine for believably held, as the site found by her, the authors of the information found are often not in demand, the results simply used:

Researcher: What Is This Web Site?

Respondent: Oh, I do not know. The First Thing That Came Up.

Only 10 percent of students made comments on the authors of information or believing. However, believed was the credibility of no subject. Asked what website you use to read news, said the majority that you use a preset home page in your browser for it, usually the news from Google or Yahoo or your internet provider. Most commercial providers are visited, on the other hand, Wikipedia is used comparatively little, other websites only when it comes to special searches, for example, timetable or medical information. However, the students say that actually information on websites of the state or educational institutions are reliable as such by the private sector. And sometimes the students also tried to check the information they found on a website by calling another.

But is crucial, according to the scientists, that the students are based on brands that seem reliable to them, probably because they are popular. And what is used by most, a student said about Google and demonstrated the tendency for herd education and orientation, but also important and therefore reliable. Even if the students have become roughly roughly with the internet, so do not be already "Savvy with digital media", When it comes to the drawing of believeness of information, and Google and Co. More confidence, as reasonable goods. For critical Internet education, it is important to present so detter Hargittai, to present certain websites in the class and discuss why a source of information is believed or why they do not.

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