As a millennial with an access to internet since his teenage years, I have learned so many things.
In the process, I became smarter and dumber at the same time.
So here you go:
1. Apparently, there are so many lies and bullshits (this one is obvious).
2. There are trolls online who spread false information just for fun.
3. If you look for it, you will find what it seems to be compelling and ‘scientific’ arguments for both sides of the coin (ex: veganism vs. carnivore diet).
4. People still don’t know how to look for a credible and reliable source of information (yes, even those with so called ‘college degree’).
5. Conspiracy theorists says that high resolution 50 MP images from NASA are faked and photoshopped, but believe a blurry 360p image from an unknown source to be the ultimate truth.
6. You can say whatever you want, no one stopping you.
7. Just because the information came from a website with a .com or .org domain (not free blogs like blogspot or wordpress.com), doesn’t mean it’s valid and credible. Even I can create a website with a .com domain (you’re looking at my .com blog!).
8. The most popular content (or the ones that ranks on Google) are not necessary the best and truest. Most of the times, they are what most people like and agree.
9. Anybody can be an ‘expert’ on anything, as long as he/she provide enough bullshits and ‘content’ around it.
10. Most of the written reviews on internet are done by people who had no idea about the products they’re reviewing. If you see Amazon affiliate links, chances are they only try to make money out of you.
11. I can download a pirated book or games or course or anything easily (most of the times). But by doing so, I will not get the most out of the product I downloaded.
I will abandon it quickly, and get little or no value out of it.
The case is different when I buy the product legally. I’m more serious and more committed to the product.
I will stick to it until I gain all the value I can get.
UPDATE December 6th, 2018:
12. So many people are delusional, thinking they’re experts on a field, and then proceed to spread their ‘knowledge’ on forums. Usually, their story is exaggerated and contain a lot of bias.
You can see these type of content on fitness subreddits, entrepreneur subreddits, or any knowledge-based subreddits.
They will undervalue themselves (I was a loser, ugly, didn’t have money, blablabla) and overvalue the results he get which he claimed all he was doing was using an oversimplified ‘trick’ (but I was able to get this chiseled body/hot girls/million dollars using these simple techniques, where most people are wrong!)
And because the majority of the audience are newbies, they will vote this ‘knowledge’ as true and great, simply because they also don’t know any better and also because they like the idea of the content, and perhaps because it resonates with their own beliefs.
So, beware, just because a post on Reddit get upvoted by a lot of people, doesn’t mean it’s the best and truest content on that subreddit. Sometimes, people also vote a post to bookmark a post, and don’t even read the content (mainly because the title is catchy and intrigues curiosity).