Separating Fact From Fiction Using Research

What if I told you that you can find the truth behind nearly everything “surprising” or “shocking” you see on the Internet, especially from social media networks? No, it’s not magic. It’s called “research”. Clickbait articles are rife in your newsfeed, and sometimes you’ll see something that you just can’t help but click on. This past couple of weeks it was #BendGate, which addresses the structurally integrity of the newly released iPhone 6. If you haven’t heard about this yet, check out this video:

Yes, the iPhone 6 does bend due to its thin aluminum chassis. But I’m not talking about a test to verify the claims of others. I’m talking about parody videos like this one:

This video does not identify itself as a parody, nor does it warn that you shouldn’t try this with your actual phone. People unfamiliar with Youtube user Doc Brown may not realize this as the video is shared on our favorite social networks. Face it, we tend to watch videos more than we read descriptions.┬áCoupled with people posting sarcastic and satirical comments (which does not translate well in text form), some people may actually damage their own iPhone 6. It’s not exactly War of the Worlds, but it’s a similar effect. As you can see, research is important, especially with the way data is shared today. In case you’re interested, here’s an in-depth explanation about the iPhone 6 and why it bends: