Come on, Tadeusz Norek. Do Poles verify the information found on the web?


I cannot count how many times I read on the Internet that a well-known figure in the style of a politician, athlete, celebrity or Tadeusz Nortek – yes, you read that right – died in a tragic accident, most likely on A4.

  • It practically always turned out to be a gross fake – the scourge of our time.
  • The whole problem, however, is primarily that we still do not verify the data found on the web too little …
  • Not so long ago, I got into a conversation at work with one of my colleagues who told me how his wife disturbed him one afternoon after work, shouting from somewhere in the other room
  • that David Dubicki ski jumper tragically died in some terrible car accident.

As we deal with sports in the office, this information, for obvious reasons, interested my colleague, but fortunately it quickly turned out that there is no need to cry over the fate of Dubicki – because he had a great time and probably ate a banana roll somewhere on Wienke Krakow ( this is how all jumpers live, you will not prove to me that they are not).

It turned out that it was some kind of almost randomly generated banner, which was designed to trigger a click from the user, and then – shit, it is not known – probably a virus on the computer.

A friend and his wife quickly realized what the kaman was about, as it was said on old music TV stations, and then, when this information began to pop up.

with an average frequency of two cases a week, it was probably popular on the Polish Internet to such an extent that it could be treat as equal to the weather forecast. It’s just that the weather forecast comes true sometimes.

This is just one example, but there are hundreds of similar situations and we witness them every day. The dirtiest news about death I have seen is the one about the departure of Tadeusz Norek – no, not Artur Barcisia – the info was structured in such .

A way that even in the photo there was a figure coming out of the canal (pic rel, as they say). Apparently the stupid generator did brr this time.

General Kuf and other attractions

However, we do not always get in the head, with a blunt, the information about the death, or rather it would be more appropriate to write “death” – more and more often I see fake clickbaits in the style of “you will not believe what he has”, “his secret has been revealed” etc.

and most often the face of Szymon Hołownia next to some Lamborghini or jet plane is an illustration of such sentences. I do not know if Hołownia runs a Lambo (as far as I know it is not), but it certainly does not own a jet, even though his wife is an aviator. Well, who cares – the information goes out into the world.

However, we are talking about some more serious online scams – I have already written about this phenomenon, although from a slightly different angle.

The real evil, horror and fire, however, do not lie in such generated stupidities, but in information that people in a more thoughtful way distribute on the Internet – nowadays, probably mainly on Facebook groups.

I will not hide that some of these cases really amuse me, because that’s what some “information” comes from – from screwing others up and making fun of them.

The American general Kuf Drahrepus greeting Poland several times a month is a classic, the face of the Polish Pope or the prime minister of our country, reworked thousands of times to pretend to be the face of a completely different, imaginary person, is also a common thing in Międzynet.

However, there is a certain risk in this – as it turns out, people are able to swallow anything – and hang around with it all for a long time, without verifying the information at all. Internet jokes are amusing – while some data is deeply saddening.

Let’s check if the Poles are checking

Have you ever wondered what is the scale of Internet use in Poland? Well, according to the latest data, 92% of households in our country are connected to the Internet, which means a giant leap in five years – in 2016 the level of access to funny cats was 80%.

For the entire European Union it is on average… well, you won’t guess. Also 92%, although five years ago the indicator was slightly higher than in the case of Poland alone – 84%. 90% of this is access to a broadband net – a decade ago it was only 65%. Of course, to this day,

both in Poland and across the continent, there are people who are digitally excluded – in terms of access to the Internet in general – but nowadays the vast majority of us lead a second life on the Internet. And from there it gets its information.

And now we come to the clue: in the light of statistics, how does fact-checking fall out among average eaters? For wallpapers, let’s first take the EU average (excluding Italy for some reason): according to Eurostat, it is ..

23%. Such a part of internet users decided to check whether the information found by them on various websites and social media is consistent with reality. It is worth adding that the study was conducted looking at na time slice of three months, and the studied group was in the age range of 16-74.

This 23% is not too impressive, but if we move on to Poland’s result, it is even worse. Unfortunately, Poles are third from the bottom in this statistic with a result of only 16% – only Romanians and Lithuanians are worse than us. Equally bad – Bulgarians, but this example of Slavic solidarity is not very uplifting.

Who is the best? Well, I have always been used to the fact that in Europe (or – narrowing a bit – in the EU countries) the Scandinavian countries dominate in the topics of the Internet, digitization, computers, but this time it is a surprise – the Dutch came first with 45%, the second were Luxembourgers (41%) and the third Irish (39%).

“Only” was Sweden in fourth place (36%), although it is worth noting that a handful of non-EU countries were also surveyed and such Norway had a result of 38%. The Nordic countries also performed well outside the EU (39%) and Finland (34%). Interestingly, our southern neighbors, the Slovaks, had a result almost twice as high as we (29%).

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