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Media Literacy and Fact-Checking: Step 4: Step Away

Take a break

Whether you call it "information overload," "information disorder," or "information obesity," we all have a lot of information coming at us every day. It's important to stay informed, but when we reach information overload, it's harder to apply rational criteria and make ourselves go through the process of fact-checking.

When you're starting to feel overloaded by information,

1) Determine what information you need to make decisions

2) Seek out that information from trusted sources

3) Step away. 

For some context, see the APA Journals Spotlight: Too Much Coronavirus Media Exposure May Be Bad for Your Health

Ask your librarian!