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29 Sep 2006

negative postings
Hi CS!!

It is really disappointing to see how many negative response there is from members of the Annex and this forum to many postings -

I would love to know your opinion on why people do this.

Is this because they can be heared and not seen? Or are these people this mean in 'real life'?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

I'm sure a large part of it is that they can be anonymous. There was good psychological research showing what a frighteningly high proportion of people, when they thought it was part of an experiment, were prepared to give painful electric shocks to a stranger in a different room, even if they could hear the person scream and protest ( of course there was actually no shock given, it was a set-up to see how far ordinary people would go ). And in terms of helping, research showed if someone fell in a train or bus, if there were only one or two other people there, they'd almost always get up to help. If there was a crowd, most people would not try to help, assuming that somebody else would.
So most of these people wouldn't be likely to be mean in real life ( maybe they think some mean thoughts at times !) --- but hiding behind anonymity, they let rip.
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