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Tue Jun 25, 2024, 06:05 PM Jun 25

Google studied Gen Z. What they found is alarming. [View all]

Over the past couple of years, researchers at Jigsaw, a Google subsidiary that focuses on online politics and polarization, have been studying how Gen Zers digest and metabolize what they see online. The researchers were hoping that their work would provide one of the first in-depth, ethnographic studies of Gen Z's "information literacy." But the minute they started, their most fundamental assumption about the nature of digital information came crashing down.

"Within a week of actual research, we just threw out the term information literacy," says Yasmin Green, Jigsaw's CEO. Gen Zers, it turns out, are "not on a linear journey to evaluate the veracity of anything." Instead, they're engaged in what the researchers call "information sensibility" — a "socially informed" practice that relies on "folk heuristics of credibility." In other words, Gen Zers know the difference between rock-solid news and AI-generated memes. They just don't care.

Jigsaw's findings offer a revealing glimpse into the digital mindset of Gen Z. Where older generations are out there struggling to fact-check information and cite sources, Gen Zers don't even bother. They just read the headlines and then speed-scroll to the comments, to see what everyone else says. They're outsourcing the determination of truth and importance to like-minded, trusted influencers. And if an article's too long, they just skip it. They don't want to see stuff that might force them to think too hard, or that upsets them emotionally. If they have a goal, Jigsaw found, it's to learn what they need to know to remain cool and conversant in their chosen social groups.

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I cannot bear hearing/contemplating the "influencer" phenomenon... hlthe2b Jun 25 #1
Every time I hear the term "influencer" Susan Calvin Jun 25 #18
That's about how people in generally have always absorbed information. hedda_foil Jun 25 #2
I am not a big fan of MSN articles. I no longer visit the MSN website. John1956PA Jun 25 #3
MSN is a curated portal TheProle Jun 25 #4
Business Insider is a borderline fringe RW site. Fiendish Thingy Jun 25 #6
Jesus. Why do people just spout things? TheProle Jun 25 #8
It is a real problem here. Celerity Jun 25 #15
This message was self-deleted by its author Pinback Jun 25 #21
Thanks. Will fix. TheProle Jun 25 #33
My "go to" source Mme. Defarge Jun 25 #30
Didn't the front page of DU have a list of recommended, reliable pubs and websites? FakeNoose Jun 25 #32
Never saw that but too bad it's gone. Mme. Defarge Jun 26 #39
They must have posted a story you didnt like. They're hardly "fringe RW" oldsoftie Jun 25 #16
The assumptions and gross generalizations about a whole group is what is problematic Fiendish Thingy Jun 25 #24
I see your point about the source of the article being from a third party. Having said that . . . John1956PA Jun 25 #9
Not defending it TheProle Jun 25 #10
Thank you for getting back to me. John1956PA Jun 25 #11
Of course! Have a great evening. TheProle Jun 25 #12
I find broad brushed generalizations of an entire generation to be alarming Fiendish Thingy Jun 25 #5
yes Skittles Jun 25 #13
OK, Boomer Pinback Jun 25 #23
you get it Skittles Jun 25 #31
That's what statistical analysis is. Cuthbert Allgood Jun 25 #14
"...we just threw out the term information literacy," That pretty much describes Dubya and Donald. keithbvadu2 Jun 25 #7
I didn't read the OP entirely PurgedVoter Jun 25 #17
Ha, ha, ha! PatSeg Jun 25 #19
This isn't a Gen Z problem. It's an internet problem. Blaukraut Jun 25 #20
A brave new world we live in. Lucky Luciano Jun 25 #22
In the words of someone far better know than myself, "thats a bunch of malarkey" quakerboy Jun 25 #25
yes, it's got bells on Celerity Jun 26 #43
If they know the difference, that means they care Warpy Jun 25 #26
that phenomenon isn't even REMOTELY limited to Gen-Z....... Takket Jun 25 #27
Is this really surprising? Metaphorical Jun 25 #28
Well, just guessing, that it's an information overload avoidance factor here. There are literally thousands of articles SWBTATTReg Jun 25 #29
Sounds like a bunch of Boomers and Gen-Xers GenThePerservering Jun 25 #34
Spent two minutes on Twitter and you can see this. Last year. EllieBC Jun 25 #35
So of course, this is ALL Gen Zs GenThePerservering Jun 26 #36
Not a boomer but thanks. EllieBC Jun 26 #38
If they studied my generation of boomers canetoad Jun 26 #37
No need to single Zoomers out, we've been contending with this forever. D23MIURG23 Jun 26 #40
That is disturbing, but sadly in no way worse than adults who only seek out/trust right wing, hyper partisan "news" themaguffin Jun 26 #41
Ha! That's actually a newsletter called The Skimm - geared towards women of Iris Jun 26 #42
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