Graph 1: Where do you find your news?
From my questionnaire results I have established that the biggest portion of my participants' being 18,23% of my participants, use Facebook as their news source, the second most commonly used news source is Televised news with 15.19%.
Graph 2: On a scale from 1 to 5 how easy is it for you to distinguish whether a story is false, one being 'very easy' and 5 being 'very difficult'
From my questionnaire data I have come to the conclusion that males are better at distinguishing whether a story is fake. However, my sample size is too small to make any significant findings.
Graph 3:What type of news do you believe to be most unreliable?
From my questionnaire data it is clear that most of my participants believe social media news to be the most unreliable news sources. However, this is only a conclusion based on my questionnaire data findings not a fact or significant finding.
Through my data analysis I see that people with higher education level (Diploma/Masters) are no better at distinguishing whether a news story is fake than that of a person with only matric level education. I have a participant with a Bachelor's Degree + Post Graduate Diploma and they only rated their ability to distinguish whether a story is fake as a 1 out of 5 (very easy) and I have participants who only has matric and rated their ability on the same level. Though the average score rating is a 3 out of 5 for all the participants I do believe that your ability to distinguish whether a news story is fake or not is not based on your education level but on your individual qualities and reasoning abilities and what you choose to believe or not. I cannot prove this statement a true fact because my sample size is too small to make any significant findings and I have no real way of proving the ratings my participants gave are true.
©Tasha du Toit