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Conspiracy theories usually revolve around major social, financial, or political phenomenon. A conspiracy theory is a belief that the information presented to the public is not accurate and may even be intentionally misleading. The rise of social media and instant communication has enabled rapid growth and spread of conspiracy theories. Natural disasters are popular fodder for conspiracy theories too. Sometimes the people formulating the theories find events in ancient history to back-up their claims. Conspiracy theories are prevalent in modern times, but they have existed throughout human history.

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1. How Common Are Conspiracy Theories?

The general public collectively looks down on and dismisses people who believe in conspiracy theories. Some people snicker or roll their eyes at claims that disregard logic, but surveys and questionnaires have found that most people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Some conspiracy theories are more recognizable than others.

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