If you’re online any amount of time, you realize it’s a pretty mean place. People post things they’d NEVER say to someone in person, as the thought of hurting anyone’s feelings has become almost alien.
The suspension of disbelief online is pretty complete – and crazy. We smugly type horribly hurtful things at each other, while pretending it isn’t personal and then rail against the horrors of cyberbullying – talk about the bully calling the kettle black!
But is Twitter really any worse than the Internet overall? According to this study – yes (implied). And it also is NOT representative of overall public sentiment. So it looks like if you’re on Twitter, chances are you’re a jerk (and liberal).