Why we Behave Differently Online - Deepstash

Why we Behave Differently Online

John Suler, 2001 - The Disinhibition Effect

  • We don't know or see the people we are communicating with.
  • They don't know or see us.
  • Communication is instant without rules or accountability.
  • Takes place in what feels like an alternative reality.

Communicating online removes visual cues (i.e. facial expressions), and makes conversations abstract and anchorless.

Side note: Personality traits are accentuated online - people are less constraint by real life social norms and societal expectations.

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The Dark Net

by Jamie Bartlett

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Flamers insult and create tension for fun. Posts are usually well written, clever, biting and subtle. Commandment 12 of Flaming:

  • When in doubt, insult.

Flamers want to push boundaries and have their efforts read and appraised.

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Trolls intentionally make spelling and grammer mistakes and wait for someone to insult their writing to lock them into an argument. Trolls:

  • Push boundaries
  • Unlock situations
  • Create new scenarios
  • Try ideas out
  • Calculate the best way to provoke a reaction.

Trollers themselves see trolling as a culture, a way of thinking - part act, part science. It's a problem that has existed since the birth of the Internet.

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