Does the Internet Promote the Same Dynamic as “Road Rage?”
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The best way to get an answer on the Internet is not to ask a question. It’s to post the wrong answer.

This “law” by Ward Cunningham is known to those with social media accounts. Once you’re arguing with a computer – social norms vanish! People like to fight online more than they like to help.

They’re quicker to point out flaws than to become a friendly resource.

In fact, psychologist Jonathan Haidt wrote that if you constantly express anger in your private conversations, your friends will likely find you tiresome. But, when there’s an audience, the payoffs are different and outrage can boost your status.

A study by William J. Brady at NYU measured half a million tweets and found that each moral or emotional word used in a tweet increased its virality by 20 percent.



Finally, another 2017 study, by the Pew Research Center, showed that posts exhibiting “indignant disagreement” received nearly twice as much engagement [likes and shares] as other types of content.

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