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Why are we suckers for fictional stories?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 23 July 2012

 


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Why are we suckers for fictional stories?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 145
Posted DateMonday 23 July 2012 11:39 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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Every so often, I come across a little story that someone has shared or re-shared on Facebook, or Twitter or by email.

There is always something either touching or outrageous about it. And for a moment, I am suckered in. But then I read the story again carefully and it just does not ring true or seems too good to be true.

So I Google it. Never takes long and find the true story.

Like this one, recently on Facebook, of an old man who died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home. It's of course a fake.

Or the fake photo of the recent Alberta oil leak.

Or the touching story of the mother who saved her baby in a Japanese earthquake. Again, fiction!

These are just three I have spotted but I have been taken-in myself at times. Why are we suckers for such stories and worse still why do we pass them on without any due diligence?

I don't know. But please, next time you read a story that seems just a little too good to be true - check it out first before sharing it.




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