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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
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ScienceShot: Has the Internet Turned Us Into Jerks?
11 May 2012 2:24 pm
In the real world, social pressure usually keeps us from acting like jerks in large groups of people. The same holds in the online world, according to a new study. Researchers combing through 2.5 million posts from 20,000 users in 20 Internet discussion groups have found that, despite the anonymous monikers employed by most participants, the tone of online discussions was positive or neutral 85% of the time. What's more, discussion groups that were home to positive or neutral conversations tended to remain that way over several weeks, even as different users flitted in and out. The analysis, published this week in Scientific Reports, suggests that even though we may hide behind pseudonyms online, we still feel pressure to be civil.
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