“I’ve Done My Research.”
How many times have you heard that phrase?
Have many times have you heard it recently concerning current events?
How many of the people saying this phrase are people who don’t read books?
These rhetorical questions bring me to the point I want to make here which is that research requires reading, and it requires books, and if it involves medicine or science, it involves a lab with trials, and tests, and an hypothesis, and a conclusion. Actual research involves effort, and time, and work!
What passes for research by people using the phrase “I’ve done my research” is a simple Google search where the user looks at the top five results or only selects the results that they agree with. This is not research, but this is what is being conveyed as research in this day. Sharing a meme or a Facebook story or a YouTube video is not research.
Most of the people using the phrase probably don’t even know any of the research databases like Lexus Nexus or JSTOR or even Google Scholar. Most of these people probably haven’t written a paper that was anything longer than the easy 3 to 5 page double spaced requirement of high school. They haven’t done the work and they are ignorant of real resources, but they have the done the “research.”
Both the phrase and the word have been dumb downed so significantly that it has basically become meaningless. We are celebrating ignorance. Not only are we celebrating ignorance but we are rewarding it.
I am dismissing this phrase entirely when I hear it. I am demanding proof of research to even listen to you from now on.
I am curious to know how you react to hearing this phrase. What do we do about this issue so that the concept of research doesn’t get eroded to the point of nothingness? Please leave a comment.
Until next time, good reading.