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Started by TinyMcOtter on Jan 10, 2019 10:24:05 AM
Older Facebook users share more fake news than younger ones

First, the easy read...

"Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic — including party affiliation."

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18174631/old-people-fake-news-facebook-share-nyu-princeton

...then the original research:

"Conservatives were more likely to share articles from fake news domains, which in 2016 were largely pro-Trump in orientation, than liberals or moderates. We also find a strong age effect, which persists after controlling for partisanship and ideology: On average, users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as the youngest age group."

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau458
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thisonehasalittlehat - 10 Jan 2019 10:25:28 (#1 of 15)

Because old people are stupider than young people innit.

TinyMcOtter - 10 Jan 2019 10:25:34 (#2 of 15)

"“When we bring up the age finding, a lot of people say, ‘oh yeah, that’s obvious,’” co-author Andrew Guess, a political scientist at Princeton University, told The Verge. “For me, what is pretty striking is that the relationship holds even when you control for party affiliation or ideology. The fact that it’s independent of these other traits is pretty surprising to me. It’s not just being driven by older people being more conservative.”"

widenation - 10 Jan 2019 10:26:23 (#3 of 15)

Dementia. Makes sense really.

thisonehasalittlehat - 10 Jan 2019 10:27:42 (#4 of 15)

It's not just that. The kids are more critical. They've grown up with a multi media information rich environment where everything is suspect. Where as the old people are used to trusted authoritative sources

TinyMcOtter - 10 Jan 2019 10:28:29 (#5 of 15)

Facebook is also an older person's social media platform. 'The kids' don't use it much. I wonder how much that;

1. skews the data.

Or, probably more likely

2. Younger people share different types of fake news (who gives a fuck about politics), in different formats, on different platforms.

browserbutton - 10 Jan 2019 10:30:15 (#6 of 15)

The kids are more critical.

You mean... they don't just google things?

Loogoo - 10 Jan 2019 10:36:36 (#7 of 15)

Research is a bit dated. It is my understanding that whacko conservative oldsters share more fake news, mostly of the anti-Hillary variety- during the 2016 election. But in general not so much.

Younger people tend to share more fake news regarding Ernest Hemingway.....

Agaliarept - 10 Jan 2019 10:39:52 (#8 of 15)

It is my understanding that whacko conservative oldsters share more fake news, mostly of the anti-Hillary variety- during the 2016 election. But in general not so much.

My nan is the undisputed queen of fake news.

But being English she hasn't posted a single post about Trump or Hilary. Hers are 100% about Immigruntz/Tommeh/Child Molesters.

TinyMcOtter - 10 Jan 2019 10:40:50 (#9 of 15)

Ernest Hemingway?

browserbutton - 10 Jan 2019 10:51:35 (#10 of 15)

There is a lot of FAKE NEWS about Ernest Hemingway -- for example, that he invented the Bloody Mary so that his wife (Mary) couldn't detect alcohol on his breath.

TinyMcOtter - 10 Jan 2019 10:53:14 (#11 of 15)

You live and learn.

I supoose it’s no worse than Bob Holness playing the sax in Baker Street.

thePiMan - 14 Jan 2019 14:41:38 (#12 of 15)

It's a generational thing. oldies grew up without any real fake news so tend to trust everything they read.

JohnIlly - 14 Jan 2019 14:46:25 (#13 of 15)

oldies grew up without any real fake news

The Sun and the Daily Mail have been going a long time, especially the Mail. Zinoviev Letter?

AlanII - 14 Jan 2019 15:07:25 (#14 of 15)

Exactly, it's more correct to say that many oldies have been falling for this shit for a long time now and have just found a new delivery system for it.

bossab2 - 16 Jan 2019 18:48:29 (#15 of 15)

Facebook is indeed used mainly by older people (50+).

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