Why Does the Internet Make People Jerks?

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You’re full of crap. That didn’t work.

This was a comment on my Facebook fan page. “That” referred to a tip I’d recently posted. Apparently, the feature I was discussing (an option to disable auto-play video) either hadn’t yet been made available in the commenter’s account or they couldn’t find it.

And apparently, I was at fault for trying to be helpful.

Now, I get this kind of thing from time to time; more often than you see. Abusive questions are ignored and inappropriate comments are deleted. In fact, the poster of this comment apparently thought twice about leaving it up. Shortly after I replied, “A personal attack? Wow,” his comment disappeared.

But it got me to thinking … is the internet turning more people into jerks?

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