Health & Science Literacy

Citizens Versus the Internet: Confronting Digital Challenges with Cognitive Tools

The digital environment has become a key source in which individuals seek information, communicate with others, and utilize resources to make decisions. Although there are many benefits, online environments also pose risks of manipulation and the spread of misinformation. This article details common challenges faced by internet users, and mechanisms to empower individuals through information literacy and cognitive resistance. Behavioral and cognitive interventions are defined and applied to varying types of challenges.