Sharing an article makes us feel more knowledgeable – even if we haven’t read it

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the sheer amount of knowledge it contains: if you’re interested in any topic, you can find a surfeit of information about it in an instant. But this can also have a downside. Search engines can end perpetuating bias, for example. And research by Adrian Ward from the University of Texas, Austin suggests that we can mistake information we’ve searched for as our own knowledge. Now, in a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Ward and colleagues have found that sharing information online also makes us feel that our knowledge has increased – even if we haven’t read it. ….[READ]