Marijuana Contains "Alien DNA" From Outside Of Our Solar System, NASA Confirms

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It is a big news, set to shock, amaze, and entertain the world. But unfortunately, it's got nothing to do with extraterrestrial stoners melding with Earth's plants. However, since you're now reading, you'll almost certainly be interested in this research that looked into the clicking and sharing behaviors of social media users reading content (or not) and then sharing it on social media.



We here at IFLS noticed long ago that many of our followers will happily like, share and offer an opinion on an article - all without ever reading it. We're not the only ones to notice this. NPR shared an article on their Facebook page which asked “Why doesn't America read anymore?” The joke, of course, is that there was no article. They waited to see if their followers would weigh in with an opinion without clicking the link, and they weren't disappointed.


We've been hoping for a chance to try it ourselves, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Yackler had some fun with the same article and managed to fool a bunch of people. A group of computer scientists into a dataset of over 2.8 million online news articles that were shared via Twitter. 


The study found that up to 59 percent of links shared on Twitter have never actually been clicked by that person’s followers, suggesting that social media users are more into sharing content than actually clicking on and reading it.

“People are more willing to share an article than read it,” the study’s co-author Arnaud Legout said in a statement, Washington Post reports. “This is typical of modern information consumption. People form an opinion based on a summary, or a summary of summaries, without making the effort to go deeper.”
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This study looks into the psychology behind what makes people want to share content. Research conducted by The New York looked into what motivates people to share information. Just under half of the people asked in the survey said they share information on social media to inform people and to “enrich” those around them.

Conversely, they found 68 percent share to reinforce and project a certain image of themselves – in a sense, to “define” themselves. In the words of one participant from the study: “I try to share only information that will reinforce the image I’d like to present: thoughtful, reasoned, kind, interested and passionate about certain things.”

It also raises the question of whether online media is just a massive “echo chamber”, where we all just like pages and viewpoints that reinforce our own beliefs and are not interested in information for the sake of information. Even the algorithms of social media sites mean that individuals or pages that you tend to click on, like, or share – which are most often the articles or viewpoints that you agree with – will more frequently turn up on your News Feed.

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As a user of online media, you’re probably quite aware of this. Take a look at any comment on social media pages, including those, of course, on the Sci-Tech Universe Facebook page. It’s particularly noticeable on the more “emotive” and controversial of subjects; think climate change, GMOs, vaccinations, aliens, and a lot of our articles on marijuana, where the top comments often repeat or question something that is fairly explicitly in the article, but not the headline.

Just this week, our article about capuchins monkeys entering the stone age was met with many of the top comments on the Facebook post pointing out they’ve done this for hundreds of years, despite that being the first thing the article said if you read it. 

Although from our analytics it's impossible to see which users did not click through to the article yet shared it, there is fairly often a slightly fine discrepancy between shares and page views which doesn't quite add up, especially on those buzz subjects.

So, if you are one of the lucky few who managed to click and read this article, we congratulate you! Although we do apologize for the misleading headline. In the meanwhile, have fun sharing the article and seeing who manages to chair a discussion on marijuana genetics, without ever reading it.

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  1. Very Clever. Well done.

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    1. Very good ... about time someone did this. Fed up with Fake ,unsubstantiated posts !!!!

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  2. Agreed, very clever! WELL PLAYED! I love it! If we would actually check things out, We would be a wiser world!

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    2. Happens with plenta people. To avoid embarrassment, it's good to at least browse thru content then weigh if forwarding would be a good idea or not.

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  3. I've been guilty of that before; I've even prefaced a reply to a comment with, "I haven't read the article, but..." I love the irony of asking why people don't read anymore, but I also think such a question is bound to generate a personal response.

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  4. Nice one ! That's people for ya. Nice bud pics BTW

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  5. I like to think that all life on earth is alien. The reason where here now is because the position our planet is from the sun. Once the ingredients were right life started to evolve in abundance. Then the plant life created the right atmosphere for life to develop to suit that atmospere. Humans are creating a new atmosphere which is not suitable for themselves to survive.

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    1. But did you read the article?

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  6. Welllll, I'm not sure how pleased I was, but I did read the article. I have an interest in Exobiology so was curious as to why this would be discovered first (or sort of first) in pot of all places... but hey, smoking a bit probably made someone think of it. But interesting topic, especially in these polarised times. Before I ever even consider to click an article, I make note of the source. I am all about mainstream sources these days. I may make a snarky comment if it's from a friend. Anyway, I'll keep an eye out for this behaviour.... however, I consider comments sections to be the absolute scum infested bottom dwelling of the web.. Comments are the last place I look to be enlightened. hahah. So please disregard this one

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    1. Lemme guess-you didn't read it?

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    2. I mean, that would explain his response. It does help prove the articles point. A rush to comment or share without any care for the articles content. The pictures likely helped to solidify their convictions. :p

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  8. I assumed this was yet another attention-getting headline which had nothing to do with the content, so clicked on it to see what it was really about. I was right, lol.

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  9. I sometimes post articles without reading so I can read at a late time and not have to search for it again!

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    1. Too bad there isn't and 'abbayance' file where things could be posted for later inspection. I sometimes post where my privacy setting is set for 'only me.'

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  10. I stick a bookmark on them and then forget to check my bookmarks

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  11. Sometimes it's about humor........
    Like this one is stupid.
    The only reason I chose to read this was to see if it got even more ignorant.

    Test away!

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  12. Jajaja, nice trick! Great article, and greater bud pics!

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  13. lol, first no such thing as aliens, second...everything NASA is fake
    HAHAHA this is rediculous

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  14. Well, that was disappointing.

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  15. This is why many don't click and read, its clickbait, just to put some coin in someones pocket.

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  16. Linda Pelgrims22/07/2018, 12:04

    First : we're all made of stardust.
    second : well played. :D

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  17. I read everything that I share.

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  18. I actually read this one expecting to discredit it because I know NASA is fake, but yeah, I have shared posts without reading in the past :)

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    1. NASA is fake? What does that even mean?

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    2. That's odd, the person claiming "NASA is fake" has shared posts without reading them. I wonder what logical process may have led them to that conclusion...

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  19. Whole article plagiarised from IFLS to the extent that you even left in the bit 'We here at IFLS' in the second paragraph. ;')))))

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  20. Maybe because most pages only post clickbait?...

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  21. The headline was
    so far out, I just said WTF!!.I was urged to read the article and now totally understand.

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  22. anything is possible...…...lol

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  23. I read 99.9% of what I share. When I don't it always comes back to bite me. I won't share this, not because you didn't do a good job here, but because lots of folks will not read it and will then forward it spreading nonsense to their non-reading friends.

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    1. That's the point Rev. Like the bible, you should 'spread the word'(Mark 15:16). Encourage people to read more and judge less (Matthew 7:1).

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  24. Shame. I want to know about alien DNA in my favorite Herb. :D

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  25. Great article! I always try to encourage people who start arguments on social media to do a little research on the topic before getting emotional or claiming a headline is right or wrong. A dialectic can only be improved by having more information! -Kharma

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  26. HAHA Nicely played. I am happy to say that I always read the article before sharing it, so yay me? I'm now going to share this and enjoy the fun that comes along!

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  27. Point proven. I was amused when I saw the headline in my Facebook feed and wanted to read to see if you were a legitimate site or just another of those fishing for shares/likes. Pleasantly surprised when I read your article. It is amazing how much BS is out there now days. Thanks

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  28. it seems nasa been smokin pot when doing the research :D

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  29. Good on ya! If opinions are like assholes....some have a SERIOUS case of hemroids! Knowledge is power, pursue it fully!

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    1. There was no thumbs up button, so here's my thumbs up!

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  30. i was searching the stuff about the aliens and DNA cannabis, over and over, and still found nothing, now read it, and be unhappy because it was interessted me the stuff about aliens and cannabis etc... but there is no information about, so searched, may 2-3days.. where is this article with the alien and cannabis, lol so after days start read it very slowly from the start.. hahaha

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