The reason there wasn’t a post yesterday is simple. The night before, I was feeling a bit under the weather. As a result, I went to bed early, neglecting my blogly responsibilities.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida, people are more likely to insult and threaten others using digital platforms – such as social media platforms – and see the recipients as lesser victims than those suffering abuse offline.
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In a study aiming to understand responses to abuse in different contexts, Curtis Puryear, a graduate student at the University of South Florida, studied reactions to malicious comments made face-to-face, and online with and without anonymity. This involved four separate studies, including insults directed at a woman making a comment about infrastructure (283 participants) and at people engaging in nerd culture (270 participants).
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Shaping digital platforms to ensure that users are perceived as individuals could help others retain a sense of their humanity and feel empathetic when they are attacked, the researchers suggest.