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What is the difference between data and information
Internet contains what somebody thinks about the fact not the actual fact.
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The Internet contains what somebody thinks about the fact Quote Explanation
Always trust the information from reliable sources or websites. Don’t take it for granted about the information presented on social media sites.
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The Internet contains what somebody thinks about the fact not the fact.
Author: Prabakaran Thirumalai
Most of us use these two words interchangeably, but they convey a different meaning. Do you know that finding out what is the difference between data and information is the first step towards improving your critical thinking skill?
Do you share tips/tricks to your friends/relatives in social media?
If your answer is yes, you will be able to implement critical thinking skills to improve your social sharing after reading this article.
What is Data
Data comes from the Latin word, Datum which means “something given”. Data may be in the form of numbers, letters or set of characters which are often collected by measuring some entity. Oxford dictionary defines it as “FACTS AND STATISTICS collected for analysis or reference”.
What is Information
Information word dates back to 1300 AD. It refers to “act of informing” and the current Oxford dictionary defines it as “FACTS provided or learned about something or someone”.
What is the difference between Data and Information
From the above Oxford dictionary definition, it ‘s hard to comprehend and understand the real difference between data and information. I am going to explain the difference which happens every day at my home.
Everyday Scenario between My Dad and Me
Let’s say I ask my dad, “Whether China is better than India on economy”. To answer my question, he can take three approaches
- Ask his friends/relative whom he thinks, know about the subject
- Find out from The Internet
- Refer books he owns or from the library
Not just my dad, nearly all parents nowadays eliminate the third approach as it is time-consuming(they are busy pretending that they are busy!).
Let’s consider the first approach which is taken by everybody even before Internet became popular. When he takes the first approach, often he gets a direct answer (either yes or no), and it is not backed up by any facts(data). This direct answer is called INFORMATION. The answer is the result of, how my dad’s friend interpreted the data. After getting the answer, there is no clue about why China is better. The only information we get is that China economy is better than India.
If he takes the second approach and searches the question in google, he would get thousands of results containing information from everybody in the world. Few results may provide information backed up with data or statistics, and most of the results would contain just the information without any references to the source of the data or statistics.
Right Approach to search in The Internet
Always trust the information from reliable sources or websites. When I went through this question, I got results from forbes.com, nationmaster.com, wikipedia.com. I decided to choose nationmaster.com as they referred United Nations Environmental Program and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, CIA World Factbooks as their sources.
Why Understanding the difference between data and Information is necessary
From the above example, you might have understood that what we get mostly in Google search results are information and not data. Information alone is not reliable as it ‘s hard to trust the information provided by unknown source if it is not backed up with facts/data.
Do you receive health tips such as “Drinking green tea improves in weight reduction” in your Facebook, WhatsApp or other social media sites.
Are you kind of person who forwards this information to your friends and relatives?
After reading this article, I hope that you would find out the credibility of the source who posted the information on social media. Also, apart from the credibility of the website, you should also check whether the information provided on the website is backed up by data or statistics before forwarding this kind of tips in social media from now on. If you do so, you have taken the first step towards improving your critical thinking skill.
Thanks for reading this article. If you are interested in improving your critical and creative thinking skills, following my dad’s practical thinking course on his YouTube channel. Watch introduction about the course below.
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