Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hearken to Me, Good Young People

Librarian-validating news from the NYT (via LISNews) with the exciting headline "So-Called 'Digital Natives' Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows."

Based on a study at Northwestern University,
Apparently, the students favor search engine rankings above all other factors. The only thing that matters is that something is the top search result, not that it's legit.


In fact, a quarter of the students, when assigned information-seeking tasks, said they chose a website because - and only because - it was the first search result.

This is what we keep warning people about! Our constant harping on Wikipedia, however, appears to have had some results, since "only a third of the students used Wikipedia to search for answers when given particular tasks."

They need us! They still need us!


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