Finding reliable sources is hard. If you have an account on any social media page, you will see that people can find a source for just about anything. The Internet is a wealth of information, whether it’s factual or false. How do we know that the information we are reading is true and accurate?
Teaching kids how to discern reliable internet sources is commonplace in every curriculum. But for those of us who may not have grown up with such immediate and constant access to the internet (even me) the task of figuring out what we can trust can sometimes be a little daunting.
Below are three tips to help you know whether the information you are reading is something you can trust. Granted, no check system is entirely foolproof, but if all of these tips check out, you can feel much more confident that you are using a reliable source.
Always check your sources for a date or time stamp. If the article you are reading was written more than a couple of years ago, it is always a good idea to keep checking for new information. Especially in the worlds of medicine and technology, information changes and goes out of date quickly. If your source does not provide any times or dates, move on to a different source. If you’ll notice, here at SkinTech we always include a date on our blog posts for your reference.
a. Where is your information coming from? If your article or website does not identify who is behind the information....it is probably not reliable. A reliable source is not afraid to attche their name to their information or product. Our founder, Lori, is not afraid to attach her name to her product. She stands behind it. When a person is willing to attach their name (and along with it, reputation) to what they are promoting, you can have more confidence that they really stand behind the product.
b. The author should be an expert in his or her field. They will be willing to provide their credentials and can answer questions about their expertise in the area. If you read our "Our Story" page and explore the our website, you will see that Lori not only gives you her credentials and her personal story, but also explains the technology behind the SkinTech line.
3. CROSS EXAMINE.
Can you find same information across multiple websites? If not, your source may not be reliable. If twenty articles tell you that drinking plenty of water every day is good for your skin, and you come across one article that says water is terrible for your skin, what information do you think you should believe? Websites that give solid information generally corroborate with other sites that have similar themes.
So there you have it guys. The next time you are looking to try a new product or post an article on Facebook, be sure to check your sources!