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FACT VERSUS FICTION

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Digital technology has changed the way we consume goods and services and challenged us to consider the importance of access versus ownership.

In a survey of more than 1,000 consumers in the USA who were familiar with the sharing economy, many reported being enthusiastic about the potential of this type of exchange, once they had tried it.

But they also had concerns. Overall, 72% of people felt the sharing economy experience is not consistent and 69% said they wouldn't trust the sharing economy until it’s recommended by someone they trust.1

In other research, Gen Z reinforced the importance of background checks, for example, to guarantee their safety when they’re using ride sharing services. 63% of Gen Z cited it as one the top three most important things and 28% said it was the most important.2

Gen Z also reported caring more about a service provider having insurance than any other generation. In fact, 11% of Gen Z, nearly twice as many as the other generations surveyed, said the most important thing a sharing company can do to earn their trust is to have insurance for users.

Separating fact from fiction online is not always easy but it’s important to the younger generations. In the USA, a study of more than 1,200 people between the ages of 14 and 59 found Gen Z demand authenticity in their online interactions.3 41% said they want a guarantee that a person is who they say they are (particularly in the case of social and dating sites). A similar number of respondents (39%) want retailers to prove reviews are genuine. The results were similar for Millennials.

Source: World Economic Forum – Global Shapers Survey 2017

 

UNDERSTANDING WHO TO TRUST

Researchers asked 35,000 young people from around the world about their views on fake news. They found respondents want the information available online to be factual and trustworthy and they’re mindful of the content they circulate.4 So how do they assess what they’re reading or watching?

The majority of people (62%) surveyed said content is trustworthy if it’s on ‘certified websites’. They also considered the reputation of the publisher (54%) and whether or not the information had been ‘shared by experts’ (48%). The ‘reputation of the content owner’ was also important (48%).

Source: World Economic Forum – Global Shapers Survey 2017

SOURCES:
1. PwC – The Sharing Economy Report, 2015
2. The Center for Generational Kinetics and Jason Dorsey – iGen Tech Disruption Research, 2016
3. WP Engine – The Future of Digital Experiences: How Gen Z is Changing Everything, December 2016
4. World Economic Forum – Global Shapers Survey 2017