Everyone thinks they’ve done research.
You read one blog, one Facebook post, one long Twitter thread, one podcast, and all of a sudden you’ve “done your research.” Oftentimes this translates into subject matter expertise on the part of the “researcher”: Oh, I’ve done my research, I know what I’m talking about.
Whether it be vaccinations, public policy, gun control, gaming, personal finance, health and a thousand other domains, “research” has been cheapened into “something I can do in the bath with a glass of wine” or “something I do on my lunch break.”
I don’t want to gatekeep, or fall into a classic “No True Scotsman” fallacy. To be clear, I’ve been guilty of this multiple times, so I’m not casting stones without fearing for my own glass house, but it’s a theme that needs to stop.
Research is a hard process, a long one, one that takes structure and rigor… it’s not just reading a Twitter thread and calling oneself an expert on the matter. It doesn’t take a college degree, necessarily, but it does take comparable amounts of work and effort.
So, before you say you’ve “done your research” make sure that the work you’ve put into it at least remotely resembles actual research, instead of just browsing Twitter on the toilet.
Agree. And there’s so much noise and misinformation right now it’s even hard to do research even if i tried. Few normal consumers have the time and patience to do the research properly.
Proper research takes way too much energy and time for the average bear. It’s even worse when you are trying to get information about politically-charged topics. Furthermore, many of the institutions and agencies that are supposed to be doing proper research have been captured. Twitter is one of the LAST places I would use for research. Perhaps those who are browsing Twitter on the toilet may accidentally drop their phones in the bowl to teach them a lesson.