Let’s face it: we practically never proof check our facts. This is why fake information is able to circulate so easily, simply because people are so gullibly able to swallow any information they come across.

In this short article, I’m going to be exposing 5 of the most popular myths out there. It’s very possible you may have even believed some of these at one point!

“We only use 10% of our brain’s power”

Honestly, I think everyone believes this just because they want it to be true. Think about it! ‘If I‘m already achieving all As in every subject with just 10% of our power, just imagine what I’m capable of with a full 100%!’…….is what many people would think.

Sadly, this is completely false. If you go and take a brain scan right now, it would almost certainly show brain activity coursing throughout the entire organ. Heck, some have even shown more than 10% activity while we’re sleeping!

“Humans only have 5 senses”

Just a bit of advice: whatever you think you know about your body’s senses: flush it all down the toilet. Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch; this myth is probably one of the most common lies out there, with good reason as well since many schools even teach this as common sense.

Though the actual number is still debatable, it’s said that we have more than 20 confirmed different senses continuously working away in our bodies! Yes, you read that right, more than 4 times what the myth says! Here are just a few other senses that help keep us alive and functioning:

Nociception: The sense/ability to feel pain. Without it, we could be causing devastating, irreversible damage to our bodies without us even realising it!

Thermoception: The sense/ability to detect hot and cold temperatures. A sense so critical for our survival, yet many people don’t even have second thoughts about it!

Equilibrioception: The sense of balance. We use this ability practically every day while walking. Without it, we’d fall all over the place!

“Reading in the dark damages the eyes”

Leave a comment saying how many times your parents have told you this before! Finally, you may counter this age-old comment with some truth.

Aside from temporary eye strain and maybe even a headache, reading in the dark won’t have any permanent or long-lasting damage to your eyes. Many researchers argue,however, that if you’re putting too much strain on your eyes while they’re still developing (so when you’re a child/teen), then you’re essentially speeding up the worsening of your eyesight. Basically, while the occasional read in the dark is practically harmless, doing so for hours on end may lead to a relatively large degree of damage to your eyes.

The longevity of your good eyesight,though, usually depends on genetics and time. Most people’s eyesight usually worsens with growing age, or it’s simply in their genes.

“Liars will try to avoid eye contact”

Undoubtedly one of the most famous playground myths that just came from nowhere, this one has been circulating around for quite a while now.

Guys, don’t fall for this. People who usually do avoid eye contact are usually introverted or they’re just thinking over their answer. If anything, the complete opposite of this myth is true; that people who lock eye contact with you are more likely to be lying. This is usually because they’re fully aware of this myth and believe that you believe it too, and thus try to seem reliable and believable by locking eye contact with you, making the situation more intimate. Funny enough, most of the time this backfires because they’ll maintain eye contact for an uncomfortable amount of time, making the situation awkward as hell.

Despite everything though, eye contact in general isn’t a heavily reliable indicator of deception, and should only be worth taking note of.

“Cold weather can give you a cold”

Let’s wrap this up with the one that your parents use the most.

While it’s certainly true that viruses can spread more easily due to lower temperatures, you still need to come across one to obtain it.

Many people, however, will still argue they often get colds easily during winter seasons. One logical reason for this is that during cold weather, everyone tries to get to a place that has heating to avoid the harsh, cold weather (think shopping centres, friends’ houses). This obviously then leads to a large number of people gathered into one, ventilated place together. With this, the conditions have been set for practically any virus to spread easily. Remember, even with unsuitable temperature, viruses can still spread if people are crowded together and there is circulating air; all it can take is a simple sneeze.

In conclusion, be wary of new information, always fact check your facts! Stay informed, and stay knowledgable.

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