Emerging Myths

Emerging Myths

The rapidity of change nowadays is leading to the emergence of new myths. Our world is overwhelmed with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA world). People find it hard to predict the future or to stand firmly on the moving sands of their living environment. This is coupled with the death of time and distance and people finding little time to search for the facts. This has led to the emergence of previously unknown myths.

People surfing the internet and/or chatting on various social platforms are getting fewer sleeping hours. This has led to the myths that sleeping five hours/day is enough, and it makes no difference sleeping late in the night. These myths negate medical findings that warn sleep deprivation is threatening the health of up to 45% of the global population. People trend to believe them for they lessen their feeling guilty for doing so. It may be enough for one person to share a post of the value of sleeping few hours and be promoted by few fellows on social platforms so that those who are staying late at night may act by sharing the post or tweet rapidly.

The above act is facilitated by peopleโ€™s tendency to share myths far more than sharing facts. Research finding by MIT has proven such claim. The seeds of myths spread like the seeds of dandelion as they float far away by wind. The research summarized its findings by stating โ€œUntruth diffused farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.โ€

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There are many emerging myths about the internet such as cyber friendship. There are examples in literature as the one reporting the top 10 myths about the internet. Of interest her is the myth that cyber friends just are good as real life friends. Teens fall in this trap of this myth and give away information to wolves-like friends. These kids risk their reputation and may find themselves paying heavy prices for myths-like friends. The belief in such a myth led to the emergence of what I describe as โ€œreverse bullyingโ€ students bullying their teachers.

Myths are subject to feedback effects. This led to the emergence of a new myths such as the best way to counter a cyberbully attack is by fighting back. This isnโ€™t true because we enter into a vicious feedback loop if we do so. Yet; we may follow the advice of a proven myth!

There are many other examples of spreading emerging myths such as travel myths and travel cards, long-tail myths whereby people are given the wrong advice such as searching for long keywords niches, regardless of the possible number of readers.

Please share your knowledge by providing examples of emerging myths that you experienced.


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Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

10 months ago #49

Roberto De la Cruz Utria ... no need to apologize and thanks for correction. Drives home we both are members of the "not perfect, flawed" ... full-to-the-brim club here on earth ;~)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

10 months ago #48

Roberto De la Cruz Utria Roberto ... in no way am I "offended" ... not at all. You are the best of gentleman in all your comments. Each person does get to "choose" their "path." You say: ... "unfortunately the human mind is flawless and differs from one individual to another, I believe it is the path we choose , we will be responsible for the quality of our trip and our destination" I am curious if you meant to say flawless? (meaning without flaw - perfect?) ... this was part of a comment to Harvey Lloyd on "Breaking Free" (but it applies here) I believe that written on the human heart there IS an understanding of the difference between good & evil (this knowing can become distorted-biased-corrupted-educated-deluded or denied) Throughout human history the source & standard of a moral code is always questioned. Does each human determine the standard of โ€œgood & evil right & wrongโ€ (each is their own source) Or Is there a Divine Author ... A Divine Source & Standard of morality: โ€œgood & evil ... right & wrong?โ€ โ€œChoice of beliefsโ€ ... sacred is the gift of free will ... each day we make โ€œchoicesโ€ These choices determine our destination and our destiny. We freely CHOOSE the path we take Each day ... each moment ... we CHOOSE ... the BELIEFS we will hold ... which way we will go ... which thoughts we will think ... what voices we will listen to ... which words we will speak ... the actions we will take ... the habits we will form ... the character which will define us ... the people & the things we will love

John Rylance

John Rylance

10 months ago #47

#52
I suggest you google fake news and and the coronavirus, and you will find numerous articles on fake news/misinformation about the virus. My favourite is that Putin had lions released on the streets of Moscow to keep the Muscovites indoors. They are many more more believable ones

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

10 months ago #46

John Rylance I do agree John: "The truth IS out there we just haven't found it all." I meant to include you in my (2) comments to Roberto De la Cruz Utria below ref: to "emerging myths" ... hope also you might read my other comments in this post Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee SO happy to see your responding here. This was - is a great post ... "emerging myths" are as present as air I'm curious my dear Professor: What is the "fake news about the virus"

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

10 months ago #45

Roberto De la Cruz Utria (part 2) I wanted to respond to your comment: "entry into modernity, after a long dark period, dominated by the church." Without question, the "church" has had "dark periods" ... EVEN to this day ... the crusades ... the Inquisition ... Indulgences ... pedophilia (although this evil far exceeds the "church") ... murder ... greed ... power exercised to manipulate & rob ... even deceive & delude This is MANS doing ... in the "name of God" Man making himself the source & standard ... man manipulating & distorting God's Truth The Source & Standard in any "church" is God" Almighty God is the Source & Standard of "Truth" ... and Righteousness which gives understanding of "right & wrong" When focus is turned away from THAT Standard ... EVIL results. "Dark periods" a different way: Modernism / post modernism ... late modernism: Believe anything ... opinion is everything The study of history is critical The pursuit of Truth ... crucial https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/breaking-free โ€œEvery happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.โ€ ~ Malcolm Muggeridge TRUTH is speaking to us during our brief earthly journey. It has been said โ€œthere are many paths but only One Wayโ€ One path offers eternal LIFE โ€ฆ the others are a mystery We FREELY choose the path we take ... the rest is history

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

10 months ago #44

Roberto De la Cruz Utria Everything is "emerging" Roberto ;~) This planet ... humanity Me ... You Truth ... lies Right ... wrong Belief ... unbelief Who is "right"? ... it will be interesting to see As humanity is "emerging" ... the question everyone should be interested in: is emerging toward what? What is the destination.? If I am or you are ... the standard & source of "truth" or "right" ... Than at this present moment there are 7.8 billion "sources & standards of truth" or "right" ... such thinking has produced CHAOS ... Simply stated: There are 2 ways to travel through life: with God ... or without God. If you travel with God, He will be your Guide. An ever-present Help in time of need or trouble. By His Spirit you can receive His High Counsel. If you ask, He will impart to your spirit wisdom & discernment. For this is a Spirit-to-spirit transference. Wisdom aligns your mind with your heart. Helps you understand Godโ€™s plan of redemption for mankind. His purpose for your life. Only God promises eternal life through belief in His One & Only Son, Jesus Christ ... who willingly lay down His life in accordance with a plan that was in motion "before the foundation of the world" "With the blood of Jesus Christ God purchased the souls of men" (very complex ... there are MANY things that I do not fully understand) Yet, in faith I "believe" Restoration ... Redemption will NEVER come from man. For mankind is "broken" .. mans thinking is finite & flawed ... everything that thinking produces is finite & flawed ... the problems of humanity GROW exponentially in complexity ... even while mankind "emerges" ... evolves technologically, scientifically, academically ... "brokenness" is manifest (part 1)

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
Thank you my friend John Rylance I have technical problems, which I reported before to beBee, that makes it only possible for me to reshare old posts. I appreciate your kind words.

John Rylance

John Rylance

10 months ago #42

#43
Long may you continue to share old posts, particularly ones like this that is as relevant now as it was when you originally posted it.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
John Rylance Thank you for your comment . The fake news about the virus is just a great example. I share my old posts very occasionally because I want to keep my "traces" on beBee.

John Rylance

John Rylance

10 months ago #40

#28
#41 I thought this was a new post from Ali, then i noticed my comment made over a year ago. Just glancing through earlier comments I came across Fay's phrase "emerging myths" It prompted me to think about all the myths, half truths and dare i say it "fake news" regarding the virus its origins, spread etc. Its abit like real life X files. The truth is out there we just havent found it all.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The issue is that parents feed their kids with myths. They become so spread till their mirages appear true.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #38

In some ways our belief in myths starts as a child. Stories that are read to us and begin Once upon a time. Happy myths like Father Christmas, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, shouting YES, when asked to save Tinkerbell by saying we believe  in fairies.  Part of growing up is learning to learn what is true and what suits us to believe is true

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

An interesting example Kevin Baker

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #36

#16
I have recognised that listening and achieving wisdom are directly correlated to personal risk. The more personal risk you have involved with the existential events the less i am prepared to listen and the more i execute control. So the question, as always, how does one eliminate personal risk? The crazy thing is, the things we "worship" people, finance appearances, etc., are the things that we have deep personal risk. So the things we desire the most seem to always cause us to reduce listening/learning and increase our control. Making true wisdom elusive. I believe you already know the solution to the paradox.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #35

#30
The irony is that this is nothing new. The manipulation of societies has been going on since the earliest writings we have uncovered. We may have used a sun god to instill the fear instead of a republican or democrat, but the process is the same. Create a draconian outcome then sell the solution. Of course the solution is held by a monopoly. If sales are down use character assassination tied to the draconian outcome that will be punished by the sun god. My amazement starts at the synergy behind these very ancient sleight of hand tricks. I am reminded of the old westerns when the buckboard showed up with Henry's magic elixir. A little cocaine and bourbon seemed to cure all.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #34

#33
I agree that one has the free will to choose their belief systems. But would point out the word faith applies to just about any doctrine. "Sense of Morality" requires faith in something, a person, idea or maybe a philosopher. The ultimate question is are you willing to bet your belief within the scope of personal risk? This is the faith part. If you believe that a certain moral objective is good and you meet the crisis where you will lose something if you do, do you have the faith to follow through anyway? This is where many religions get it wrong. Most religions have become merit badges of completion, not faith. Religion should offer a moral center around God, that is followed in faith even when it appears to hurt. Unfortunately many religious folks taught the association when the waters are calm. WIth the briefest of risky winds faith goes out the door and justice must be served. True religious faith is a choice. Accepting guidelines from ancient biblical texts vs creating one's own and managing the outcomes. However, both require faith.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
Dear Lada, I appreciate your comment and your sharing the buzz. Yes, adults do fall in the same trap. I agree. Sex sites are the proof. We live in a world of increasingly believing in myths> Because such myths gather momentum and attract masses they soon become a belief. This is alarming. Your other concise point is the values. Again, I agree. A person with no solid values and purpose will live a chaotic life with no direction and no identity. Yes, a person may be an atheist and yet have values. More, there are people who claim they are religious, but with no real values or very distorted ones such as using religion to achieve personal desires. It is a myth that a person to have values must be religious.

Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic

Lada ๐Ÿก Prkic

1 year ago #32

Dear Ali, you said that there is a myth that cyber friends are as good as real-life friends and teens fall in this trap and give away information to wolves-like friends. I would say not just teens but also many adults fall in that trap too. Cyber friendship can never replace true friendship unless online friends become real-life friends. Another myth based on a misunderstanding is about atheism. It is not about believing in anything at all or having no beliefs. Having values, the sense of morality or purpose in life can exist without having faith in god(s) and is something theist can't understand. Atheists also believe. Unfortunately, neither can prove they are right. :)

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven. I find there are many threads of common interests between both of you.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Frothy information float to the surface and get disseminated by the media as rapidly as a dry wood burn. Readers look for accessible info with minimum effort. Shallowness is spreading. On beBee if we get 5000 views, we see it as an accomplishment. A song that scores less than million in one day maybe called failure. Tweet something about a soccer player and see the number of tweets. A solid writer shall be happy with just two tweets. The readers have helped companies to bury their (readers) minds in the sands of shallow info. This is the chaos we are in.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Fay, this is true.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #28

@AliAnani Jim Murray This added thought: atheism is an "emerging myth"

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
I feel my mind is distorted with your eloquent comments Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #26

@AliAnani Ali~to point out that The Giver is about a man created Utopia "reality distorted" is in essence delusion/(meaning believing something is not true / not believing truth) The other point was that in the Utopia: God was left out of their โ€œperfect worldโ€ (which to me is also "reality distorted)

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Fay Vietmeier Hi Fay- your response is sharp. Towards the end you mentioned this quote by Lois Lowry "The Giver: the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted." This is a very interesting quote because the emerging of self-organized behaviors comes from within. Among many possible choices, the system emerged is a particular one. The essence then is having many choices So, if choices are taken away this means so self-organizing behavior would be possible. I am working on this idea since I posted my comment. I plan to publish my thoughts within days.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #24

#23
@AliAnani Ali~ "iron sharpens iron" ... that mention of "repeating fractals" I have tucked away ;~) I will be most interested to read your thoughts on "self-similarity" ... it reminds me of "sameness" which I referenced in my buzz "Be a student of history" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/be-a-student-of-history-value-the-lessons-don-t-erase-the-past-199154 ...in the The Giver by Lois Lowry ... "sameness" is what was taught to children in school There are rich lessons to be found in this childrenโ€™s book (not just for children) about a man-created utopia. The โ€œEldersโ€ in this โ€œperfectโ€ society did not think the citizens should experience โ€œpainโ€ or make โ€œwrongโ€ choices so history was hidden from them (held by the Giver) Also the community was schooled in โ€œsamenessโ€ (to drive home THEIR concept of โ€œequalityโ€) A couple things that stayed vividly in my mind after reading this book: โ€ฆ One is that โ€œsamenessโ€ is the same mindset of political correctness. โ€ฆThe other is that God was left out of their โ€œperfect worldโ€ โ€œSubmitting to censorship is to enter the seductive world of The Giver: the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.โ€ โ€”Lois Lowry

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Fay Vietmeier Hi Fay- your examples of old myths reflect the fact that we humans repeat our beliefs in myth in spit of the advancement of sciences on all fronts. When we lack the wisdom of learning and applying it we are bound to be like โ€œrepeating fractalsโ€ where a human generation is a scale up or down from the previous one. This self-similarity is one example that I find annoying, the least to say. WOW! You have just inspired me with a buzz idea on self-similarity and its popular concept. You make me feel my friend I am standing on a rock.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
I enjoyed you example of hair conditioners. Yes, we have the familiarity bias and it takes effort and time to debunk such biases. Your wisdom and support by commenting and sharing the buzz are highly commendable Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Fully agree with both of you. The question is who listens attentively amid all the interruptions by social media users?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Fully agree with boTh of you. The question is who listens attentively amid all the interruptions by social media users?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Thank you dear Debasish Majumder for sharing and commenting on the buzz. I noticed your poem on same topic and I shall respond there to your question to avoid repeating myself.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #18

@AliAnani Ali~ you are always stirring-minds ;~) One myth that comes to mind has to do with UFO's ... many stories have emerged around UFO's (way before we were born) I try not to stand on "moving sands" ... rather on the Rock who is Truth (it is written: that Jesus "came from the Father full of grace & truth") My mantra is seek Truth ... and speak Truth This quote reflects the superficial ... moving-sands mindset/of not desiring truth or facts ... just accepting โ€œUntruth diffused farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.โ€ This quote made me think of another: โ€œIf you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.โ€ attributed to Adolf Hitler "untruth" can be misinformation or blatant LIES Wisdom & discernment are required

Franci ๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

New emerging myths! Oh, no! What do we do with the old ones? LOL Unfortunately, some old myths not yet debunked. Also, seems there is a cross over between myths and false advertising. Sadly, we believe what we want to believe, even if not factual. My example is hair conditioner that repairs split ends, which it doesn't repair but it can smooth the cuticle so the hair appears to be repaired. What a bummer! โ˜น๏ธ

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #16

#8
@HarveyLloyd Harvey~ "listening and learning during tension brings wisdom and understanding, enhancing our full potential" Most insightful ... the inability of to actually listen (tension or not tension) greatly impedes learning ... Good listeners are rare Even more rare: arriving at "wisdom and understanding" The result is wasted capacity/not reaching full potential

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #15

i wonder about the inertia of mass! how energy eventually influence mass is utter enigma! we cannot rule out the impact of energy and thus it scripts the destiny of mass! lovely buzz sir @ali anani! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
"fair trade"!!!

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #13

#12
My wife keeps me from retreating to a cave of structure and order. Her delight in experiencing "savings" is intoxicating. I spend money, she saves money. The same thing happens but in the end she is excited about something. I just own what i bought. :)

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
I just can't stop smiling. I do it myself sometimes. I see a suit on sale that has 50% sales discount and I buy it even though I have a similar one. I saved from the original price. I am glad my wife is more like you, Harvey.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
There are two nuggets of wisdom in your comment, to which I agree with fully and without reservation. 1- "If tension finds us retreating to silos, diversity of wisdom is lost". This is the point I wanted to express, but your words are better and more expressive than mine. 2- "we would see that just before each great leap made was chaos of tension and misunderstanding". This is a great observation. Tension is energy and takes us to the tipping point. This is why tension marketing is based on this comment my friend Harvey. Two great observations that stand out admirably high.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
This is called the free myth. Absolutely, and nobody gets anything for nothing. Thank you John Rylance for highlighting this myth. I intended to include it. I keep saying to my daughters if you are offered something for free then check for the hidden price.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #9

#7
A standing joke with my wife is when she discusses what she spent, she describes it in amount saved. We have been conditioned to own a perspective of savings rather than spending.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #8

#6
Absolutely, tension is a part of life. We can't go from diapers to success without wise counsel. The question is the roll that tension plays in our seeking wise counsel. If tension finds us retreating to silos, diversity of wisdom is lost. If tension helps us develop bridges across silos we can now lead others and yourself to success. Somehow along the evolutionary process we have begun to believe that tension is all due to cause and effect. Tension is a naturally occurring process that neither needs justification or silos of thought. If we take an honest look at our own past, self reflection, we would see that just before each great leep made was chaos of tension and misunderstanding. It's almost as if the tension is a natural teacher or destroyer depending on the perspective we choose to take. Silos and justifications for tend to destroy or narrow our chances for full potential. While listening and learning during tension brings wisdom and understanding, enhancing our full potential.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #7

A modern myth seen in Supermarkets. Buy one get one free. Usually described as a BOGOF. Arguably you pay half price for both. Free gifts rarely are. You often see the following a free ...... when you buy/spend ........ 

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Dear Harvey Lloyd- I missed your presence greatly lately and I am so happy to read your wisdom alone. You have such a broad perspective and your presence widens our scope of thinking. The key point for me is your writing "We can meet this reconciliation process through wisdom or existential alignments". This is a source of great tension and you provide a great example of tension resulting from paradoxes. Sometimes wisdom and existential alignment work in opposite directions and this is the source of tension. I haven't read about this tension before. I am sure the social pressure and the need to socialize are great and become very supportive when is in alignment with ones' wisdom; else, it is a different story. You leave me with a lot to ponder.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #5

Are we form fitting lifestyle into the social groups we belong? What are the myths telling us about the journey we have taken with social media? How do we lead those who have adopted the myths social media has presented in our workforce? Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee has begun a discussion about these myths.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #4

I would venture to say that the myth's represent justification. Internally we have an innate need to belong while at the same time reconciling differences. We can meet this reconciliation process through wisdom or existential alignments. Twenty years ago the latter was not possible. In face to face communications your justifications for behaviour were scrutinized most publicly. Today we have the opportunity to group up with silos that use modeled justifications we share. This leads to contentment, and confidence, internally. However in our social groups and workplace irreconcilable differences appear. Face to face communications holds the key to trial and error. It also holds the confidence and self esteem of those who are being tested. We can crusade with our justifications or most likely we withdraw from sensitive conversations where our justified silos might be injured. In either case we lose the opportunity to hone our wisdom in the face to face space. This is the key to success. Building relationships through trial and error, developing trust within your real network. Silo folks will eventually hit the wall of the network of relationships not built. Our needs grow in life as we progress through our own templates. Silos of thought do not help us when the wall comes. We need real folks who we have developed trust based relationships, in action. Great thoughts as always.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee for sharing the buzz. I am quite sure your are aware of many cybernet- associated myths.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I know your honesty and sharing the buzz aren't myths, Pascal.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #1

Nice myth buster reset โ˜๏ธ

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