At this point in time, the amount of information may seem quite inconceivable. No matter what you want
to know about, with one click with the mouse, in one moment you will find a wealth of information. In
some subjects, the amount of information is naturally significantly greater than others. In the last decade,
health and healthier alternatives to candy and snacks have been a major and more important topic online.
But can we always count on the information we find online? Almost regardless of the subject, you are
looking for on the Internet, you will always be able to find conflicting information. Therefore, we must look
for when we search the Internet. It can be difficult to sort in the information, but being careful and patient
makes it possible to make sure you do not get misinformed.
1. Explain what you specifically want knowledge about
Especially on the internet, the amount of information is so great that it is important to know in advance
what you are about to seek knowledge about. For example, if want to know something about health, then
you will be able to gather insufficient data about this on the internet. The word health is simply too broad a
subject. Therefore, you need to make it clear what you want to know about. If you want to know something
about what you can eat alternatively for example plain chocolate or other candy, it’s always a good idea to be very specific.
Examples of a search could be:
• A healthier alternative to chocolate
• A healthier alternative to liquorice
In this example, if you’re just looking for “healthier alternatives to candy“, your amount of information will be huge and hard to understand. Therefore, be very specific in your searches.
2. Be concrete in your search on the internet
If you want to know something about healthy alternatives to the unhealthy things you always want, then
you are not looking for healthy food, healthy candy or other unconditional wording. As mentioned before, it will only give you too much data. The more concrete you formulated, the more useful information you will always get.
3. Use your common sense
When reading an article, regardless of the subject, be critical of the content. Gives what’s in the article meaning to you. Use your intuition. If something listed in the article indicates that it seems strange or wrong, check it out. Search for the same information again. The more different articles (from different
sources anyway) giving the same facts, the more reliable the information becomes. But use your common
sense. In the vast majority of cases, statements that seem too good to be true often will be. This does not mean all information on the web is untrue. So far from. In almost all subjects one can find very useful
knowledge. But be always critical of what you are reading.
4. Check the sources of the articles
Once you have reached so far that you have found the material you think you should use, you should check
the sources. Who has written the material you have chosen? Is it a reliable source? If you seek knowledge
of for example Foods – nutritionists, chemists and biologists are likely to better source than other well-
meaning people’s opinions about subjects they are not educated to in-depth knowledge of. Of course,
everyone can acquire knowledge of interest, and this knowledge can be as accurate as any expert.
However, I would recommend comparing all information to ensure that competent persons have reached
the knowledge acquired.
5. Look for physical material
Ultimately, it may always be a good idea to search elsewhere than the Internet. Finding physical material
(books, printed scientific articles and more) can in many cases be a good supplement to minimize doubts
about the correctness of the information.
Use your common sense!