Choose your battles
Those who believe in conspiracy theories often have a host of reasons and arguments to do so. Even if those arguments aren’t water-tight, a conspiracy theorist won’t be easily convinced. On the contrary: they are likely to try and convince you of their so-called truth.
In other words: choose your battles, and ask yourself whether this is worth investing energy in.
When should you respond?
- Did you see the conspiracy theory on social media?
Having a constructive conversation on social media is a difficult task, especially when you hardly know the conspiracy theorist, or not at all. If you do want to respond, it’s best to simply link to a fact-checking source that debunks the story.
- Did someone you know spread the conspiracy theory?
Does someone close to you believe a conspiracy theory? In that case it can be a good idea to enter into conversation. Because this person knows you well, they might be open to your ideas. Make sure to read these tips on talking to a conspiracy theorist.