Study: Don't believe everything you read on Twitter

Millennials have healthy skepticism toward social network tools

Millennials have a healthy skepticism toward information they view on Twitter, according ot a new Michigan State University report.

The National Science Foundation research, aimed at examining social media and false memory, showed 74 undergrads images on a computer showing a man stealing a car. The images were followed by false information shown in a Twitter-like stream or in a more traditional news approach, and sure enough, the study showed that students were much less likely to form false memories based on the Twitter-like info.

"Our findings suggest young people are somewhat wary of information that comes from Twitter," said Kimberly Fenn, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State. "We propose young adults are taking into account the medium of the message when integrating information into memory," she added.

Some Twitter followers, like Peoria, Ill., Mayor Jim Ardis, might be wise to more carefully weigh what they come across on Twitter, too (he's in hot water for overreacting in a big way to a spoof Twitter account recently).

Twitter boasts some 230 million users, with the service being most popular among teens and people in their 20s.

The MSU study appears in the research journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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