STUDY: More people than ever use apps!
STUDY: Smartphone users rely on GPS and map functions so they won’t get lost.
STUDY: Small but growing number of people use their tablets as coasters for cold drinks.
STUDY: Men consume a whole lot of porn.
STUDY: More people than ever use emoticons in text messages.
STUDY: Consumers compare prices online while shopping at big box retail stores.
STUDY: Majority of Americans can’t find Mali on a map.
STUDY: Tech blogs and newspapers always happy to publish results of inane studies.
(But sometimes “common knowledge” is not supported by hard research, and when it becomes true then there are usually some surprises to the news. Also, I may be guilty of writing a few like these…)
Journalists who professed to be political experts were shown to be well connected, well-informed perhaps, but — on the thing that ultimately decided the result: how people were planning to vote — not well educated. They were left reporting opinions, while Nate Silver and others reported research.
Verifying information has always been central to the work of journalists. These days the task has taken on a new level of complexity due to the volume of videos, photos, and tweets that journalists face. It’s not only the volume that presents challenges but the sophisticated tools that make it easier than ever to manipulate information.