WHAT do the Philippines, Brazil and South Africa have in common? According to a Perils of Perception online survey conducted by the global survey firm Ipsos MORI on September 28 to October 19 last year, respondents in the Philippines, Brazil and South Africa had the least accurate answers among 38 countries to key issues asked of them.
That may not be much of a surprise considering the topics, which included issues such as alcoholism, vaccines and autism, tennis births, etc. What makes the survey more interesting is, the respondents answer to the question: “Thinking about the answers you have given, how confident would you say you are?” The Philippines ranked third most confident, topped only by India and Serbia.
Online respondents from Sweden gave the most accurate answers followed by Norway and Denmark. Yet respondents from Norway and Sweden were among those who were least confident of their answers.
According to Ipsos MORI, the Perils of Perception survey results “how wrong people across 38 countries are about some key issues and features of the population in their country.” Yet, there are a number of insights one can glean beyond the Ipsos MORI intention, including how, in the case of the Philippines, some of us can be too incompetent to understand our own competence.”
This is reflected on the level of discourse we are seeing among Filipinos in social media. Too often we see netizens pounce on posts without first understanding the issues propounded or even reading the posts.
In a way, this is among the reasons Filipinos easily fall for fake news: many don’t bother to view the report closely or verify its source before hurling rants and insults. They seem too confident of their own ignorance.
We are, of course, tempted to tell these people to go easy and first understand the issues raised and learn more about these before commenting on them—until we realized how difficult it would be for these people to do that considering that in the first place they do not realize they are ignorant of the issues.