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You tap your finger on a phone screen, but you click via a mouse on a computer screen. The effect might be the same — for example, an app opens — but the name of the process is different.

Should we care if the end result is essentially the same? No, if you care only about the result. Yes, if the processes that lead to it matter to you.

This is not about semantics. It is about focusing on and caring about what matters in the long run.
 

The week’s episode of Crash Course’s navigating digital information focused on click restraint.


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Click restraint is about not relying on the first few returns in Google search. It is about scanning, analysing, and evaluating the rest of the returns. It is not about immediate gratification but about figuring out the most valid and reliable sources of information.

Why exercise click restraint?

Searches are not objective. The search algorithms (rules) are shaped by us and the results are processed by us. We do all these based on our perspectives, biases, or bubbles.

How might we exercise click restraint?

By analysing the search results first:

  1. Scan the titles and URLs of the results for their sources
  2. Read the snippets or blurbs that accompany the titles or URLs
  3. Try to determine if the nature of the resource — opinion piece, satire, official report, etc.

Have you heard of BBC News Click? Find out more about it here.

If you have, ahem, access to this TV programme, the 3 Dec episode is one not to miss if you are interested in serious games, Khan Academy, QR codes and even urinal games!

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