Introduction to digital literacy



your online behavior is turned into data wherever and whenever you're online and is often shared or sold to third parties for profit your fitness tracker data files your exercise social media data files your friendships and the big tech companies track your search history and location and turns that into data to data that's harvested can be used to personalize your digital searches services and feeds the tech companies advertisers and political parties use your data to sell you stuff that stuff might be products but it might also be ideas so the onus is on you to make informed decisions about the content you consume personalization means we can be flooded with articles and posts that support our current opinions and perspectives and we come to assume that everyone thinks like us and we forget that other perspectives exist we're in a bubble filter bubbles create echo chambers where we just hear what we've always heard and don't open our minds to new ideas so what can you do firstly don't always use the same sources for informational news try different ones find out what others use or what experts recommend read posts and articles by people you disagree with and learn to manage your privacy better don't let a smart world outsmart you but the digital world is still wonderful so make the most of it above all explore be curious but remember to also be critical and to be more active in your management of your digital world and life

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