Some professionals think that around 10-15% of the population exhibit psychopathic traits to some degree. Doesn’t mean they’re all psychopaths. So when @JoeBiden@twitter.com talks about 10-15% of bad people - there’s something to research.

Psychopathic traits include narcissism, lack of empathy, cold-heartedness, lying, manipulative conduct. Now here is my observation (not yet a theory): social networks tend to reward such behaviours. People with these traits collect the most likes, retweets etc.

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The main reason IMHO is the personification that these platforms endorse. It’s all focused on individuals. Not on sentiment. You cannot subscribe to sentiments. Only to people. Combined with the experience that negativity spreads faster, you have your recipe for disaster IMHO

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Positivity and altruism simply don’t multiply on these platforms. That’s by design. Similar patterns can be observed in the media. Fox News is a notorious example and predates Twitter.

So IMHO social networks radicalise the public discussion down to binary. Right ow wrong. No scale. “Like” often results in the exact opposite - it multiplies negativity.

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Again. I have no research to back my claims up. I’m not a scientist. I’m just sharing my gut feelings. I remember the rather positive experience on identi.ca and Google Plus. And I note both platforms weren’t focused on ads. Discuss.

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@jwildeboer Agree. On both not being a scientist (and, so, having no data beyond personal observations) but having experienced similar things.

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