Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Think Before You Link!

Periodically I put this plea out - especially to those of you with positions of influence in your fields and/or large numbers of friends and followers.
Before you link to the press release about that study that says chocolate is a weight loss aid, or that dieting raises the risk of developing diabetes, or that low-carb causes heart disease, or that kids with obesity eat less than kids without, take the time to actually read the source article and critically appraise it just as you would with an article whose press release didn't fit your own personal narratives or confirmation biases.

Or at the very, very, least - indicate to your followers that you haven't actually read the study in the tweet or status update itself.

Think before you link - you owe it to those who trust you.