Science Proves It: Online Comments Suck
Meghan Daum laments 'soul-killing' Internet chatter
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2013 12:13 PM CST
Ahhh, the comment section...   (Newser)

(Newser) – Finally, we have actual scientific proof that online comments are the worst, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times. A new study finds that such comments actually do have "soul-killing, society-destroying effects," namely: Rude, uncivil comments can sway the opinions of readers who are otherwise objective. The researchers call this "the nasty effect," and, as Daum writes, it seems to prove that "boos and jeers are infectious."

This is a serious problem, because mean comments "have a dramatic effect on how writers write and ... how readers read." Daum finds that young writers are scared to address controversial topics, "imagining the cacophony of snark they'll get in response." But even worse is the fact that they also admit to scanning comments—sometimes only reading the comments—before forming an opinion about something they read. Unfortunately, "meaningful solutions are hard to come by," she concludes. Click to read Daum's full column.

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Kyle
Feb 24, 2015 3:27 AM CST
Also I absolutely cannot stand seeing a nice video/article with two users arguing back and forth never really getting anywhere often name calling each other.
Kyle
Feb 24, 2015 3:24 AM CST
It's all going to lead to the one world banker vs communist system where you will regardless of wich party is in power you will have to have you're social security number to comment and a license to use the web. The Information Highway has way too many pot holes that people are now afraid to invest which is why despite Google ranking way behind they still survive because they have a monopoly and MS can continue to keep making dumb mistakes with Windows. Many companies have gotten richer and richer so they are making sillier decisions even at the cost of their self interest. Take the X Box One always online mode where fans were outraged and for the first time in the modern decade voted with their wallets. Microsoft eventually rolled back their announcement so now you can always play you're Xbox games offline with just a one time connection to get the latest patches for the machine's firmware but in no way requires you to register you're game online. EA games had this problem too with Sim City 2013 always requiring online connections *which they fixed* and insanely small plot sizes like the size of the first Sim City back in the 80s. Someone made a youtube video of comparing Sim City 2013 lot sizes to other computer games and it's amazing how small it actually is!!! All over web based companies are making really stupid decisions lately like somebody has sprinkled funny dust to make people's brain frayed beyond hope.
CaptRhan
Mar 15, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Yea now everybody will conform to the cardboard society. Who is this idiot and who cares what she he or we have to say. Like we live and die from these online comments as most of these articles are just a bunch of crap anyway. I like looking at News -Turd just to see how close we are to being converted back into worms.