Mistakes I Made #1 – Believing Everything I Read on The Internet. It’s Mostly Nonsense.

The internet is an amazing thing. The freedom and access to an endless stream of useful, and useless information and visual content is totally and utterly awesome.

You have a whole world of data at your fingertips (and most of it is free- we like free), where in the ‘old days’ you had to travel to and pay to have access to a library, to sift for hours through some dusty and probably ancient books to find what you were looking for.

Today, all you need is some form of computer, smart phone or the like, and a data or WIFI connection and boom, Bob’s your uncle, you have multiple lifetimes’ worth of information at the touch of a button.

BUT, with that luxury comes a sense of uncertainty as to the trustworthiness of sources providing said data and information…

The Digital Matrix

Have you ever wondered where all the information comes from, who set up the internet and how all this data is managed?

  • When I think about it, I can’t help but come up with a multitude of questions such as:
  • Who comes up with all this content?
  • Is all that information relevant and accurate?
  • Who regulates the validity of said information?
  • Is this info well researched?
  • How do I know it’s backed by facts?
  • Who keeps it current and makes sure that all the information is up to date?
  • How often is this info updated?

You get the general Idea of where I’m going with this, but the scary thing is, just like anyone can read all this info, anyone can create that info too.

Yes, any everyday Tom, can upload opinion based information for all to read.

And that brings me to my next point:

Now I KNOW you’ve heard the expression, “don’t believe everything you see on the news.”

And the jokes people make like: “You saw it on Facebook that means it must be true hahahah”

And I also know that you’ve most likely heard of all the ‘fake news’ going around in the public media especially that coming out of the US.

Now if you can’t trust the mainstream news, do you think you can trust what you read on the internet, obviously not.

You always have to have your wits about you, because unfortunately, the world has become such a money hungry place that people will pretty much say anything to make a sale these days; sad but true.

Major exaggerations are also common regarding what products can do, results you would expect, or how it will elevate your life, improve your status or whatever. The list is endless.

Most of the ads and even news you see these days are utter nonsense. Simple informational garbage I like to call it, or mindless smoke being blown up our behinds to access our wallets.

A culture of facts fabrication and made up stories has certainly become the norm.

A lot of the time the content you read is based on people’s biases and opinions.

These ‘writers’ may not necessarily have the same values or standards as you do, or a moral compass with the drive to want to do right by people.

I like to refer to it as ‘marketing at its best’.
But at the end of the day, it is what it is- that does not mean you have to get caught up in it all the time or be misled though.

The Bottom Line:

Now that I’ve convinced you not to trust this type of info, here are ways you can ensure the validity and truthfulness of web-based information you do access and research, or simply just read for fun.

  • Use trusted resources and websites.
  • Articles should be backed by scientific research and published works.
  • Should have multiple reference points added.
  • Backed by experience or validated with multiple stories.
  • Follow trusted companies and individuals with longevity and clad in their industry.
  • Use secured websites with the ‘https’ prefix.

Ultimately, be smart, while absorbing the rabbit hole of internet information.

When you visit my site (insert GarethLane.com here) you can rest assured that all the tips, and tricks of the trade, I share with you are 100% backed by my own blood, sweat and tears and of course a little life experience and information based on the knowledge gained therein.

My methods are tried and tested through years of trial and error-based experience, real life mistakes, and best practices formulated on the deeper understanding of my industry.

I can’t make this stuff up people.