Generation Z voters susceptible to conspiratorial thinking

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NLP’s Senior Vice President of Education Peter Adams discusses the cynicism of Generation Z voters in an Oct. 11 POLITICO article. “Trust in institutions is down across the board, but teens experience even more cynicism about institutions just as a function of their time of life. That can easily lend itself into falling into conspiratorial thinking traps,” he says.

This cynicism that potential first-time voters experience makes it even more imperative that teens receive news literacy education. Such education helps young people learn how to find trustworthy sources of information. If people understand how news works, they’re less likely to fall into cynical thinking, Adams says.

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