What does truthiness mean?

Truth based on feelings

Truthiness is the belief in what you feel to be true rather than what the facts will support. The term was created by Stephen Colbert on the October 17, 2005 episode of "The Colbert Report."

Truthiness is abstract since it is not tangible and cannot be quantified. It has increased partially due to the rise of social media where users mistakenly equate how they feel with facts. Politicians often take advantage of truthiness by just saying things to arouse emotions in voters but aren't held accountable.


I'd say the majority of the posts I see rely on truthiness instead of actual stats
Colbert introducing "truthiness" on his show
Colbert introducing "truthiness" on his show

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Updated November 18, 2016

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