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One Man Showed Why You Need To Think Twice Before Believing Online Reviews

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Everybody has a different way of finding restaurants they like. Some people will ask friends or coworkers where they like to eat, others will just note down interesting places they see while out and about, and others still just find one place they like and stick to that one unflinchingly (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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Most of all, nowadays people rely more than ever on the internet to dictate what they decide to go for when it's time to grab a bite. The internet is an absolute wealth of information on the subject, as most restaurants tend to have a website that will have information and pictures about the place, a menu you can browse in the comfort of your own home, and usually a way to even book your table through the site! Not only that, but there are plenty of sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Zomato and others, which allow people to share their experiences from a restaurant, theoretically highlighting the good places while warning people about the bad ones.

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However, what some people don't realize is that these sites are very easy to skew in a particular direction when it comes to reviews. People in general are far more likely to leave a negative review than a positive one, and the sites themselves can be targeted by anyone with a narrative about a place to push. Don't believe me? Believe the man who got his garden shed to be the highest-rated restaurant in London...

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