The Attention Economy applies the principle of scarcity to attention as a commodity, which represents the limits inherent in the “neurophysiology of perception” and the social asset of available time. Within this new economy, human decision-making is being engineered through choice architecture algorithms and digital paternalism, which provide abridged subsets of information narrowing focus and reducing objectivity. Personal risk assessment is based largely on attitude certainty – the strength with which someone holds a belief. Technologically driven generations are immersed within the attention economy, which artificially enhances the sense of certainty through user-legitimized, virtual validation. Attitude certainty is now being developed through online manifestations of traditional mechanisms. This paper explores these online manifestations focusing on how and why they have become so influential. Beyond the awareness of the validation paradigm shift and the obvious technological deterministic implications, management impacts will be significant as online development of attitude certainty becomes pervasive and as a result, risk perception and subsequent risk behavior is less predictable. A brief analysis of the impact of these risks is presented to assist engineering managers and researchers in the on-going development of these issues.