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.
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.
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.
@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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