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There is a natural tendency in us to become friends with people who share some ethnic, religious, or personality-based background with us, which extends to linguistic styles and creates societies that are similar to each other.
New studies that look at online relationships proved that the linguistic similarity also has a higher likelihood of friendships.
When people only see the text of the other person, which is what they usually see in online relationships, the linguistic style is the only thing that can attract them to others.
The level of influence is much greater with people who have similar linguistic skills, affecting the flow of ideas and opinions within the group.
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It is common to disagree with peers, friends, family members and even strangers. Normally, it is harmless banter and one gets along fine with people with a different taste in pizza or a basketball ...
Divisive topics, especially politics and religion, are by definition loaded with subjectivity and have no worldwide consensus.
This creates an inherent threat in the participant, as the moral, religious, and political values start to lose ground, creating anxiety and extreme reactions, like unfriending or blocking the person having a different point of view.
Different moral values make the person view the discussion as a right versus wrong or good versus evil fight, in which it is natural to make an enemy out of the other person, who is now being looked at in a different light.
Psychologists have found a link between a troll's behavior and a few personality traits:
After spending years building relationships with trolls and trying to understand them, journalist Ginger Gorman shares her findings in the the book Troll Hunting:
The absence of nonverbal feedback leads to an “empathy deficit,” and this is what sociopaths suffer from.
If someone says something negative in person and makes you cry, he/she will possibly feel uncomfortable. Unless they're psychopaths, your misery will generate an empathic response and lead them to have mercy. If someone tweets something negative and makes you cry, no amount of emojis can transmit the image of a crying person. If there is no social cue to evoke an empathic response, they might continue their negative assault.