What proportion of teenage girls give birth each year? Is the murder rate going up or down in your country? Evidence suggests that most of us are very wrong about what goes on in the world around us. Misinformation in the media is a growing worry, but it’s not all about fake news.
No matter how impartial we think we are, we’re all biased towards information that confirms what we already believe. To avoid panic and gloom in a ‘post-truth era’, it’s more important than ever to check our facts, challenge our biases, and demand better from our media outlets. Bobby Duffy explains our misperceptions, and assures us that we have more reason for optimism than our misperceptions would have us believe.