Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Anonymity can turn nice people nasty - Behavior-

One minute, they’re nice, normal people. The next, they’re frothing at the mouse.“It’s mind-boggling the things people will say and even the things I will say,” says Catherine McIntyre, a 38-year-old medical billing specialist from Houston. “People who’d never say something horrible in real life will do it again and again and again online. It’s like the behavior of crowds, or those mass beatings where no one gets blamed because everyone’s at fault.”Sheri Pineda, a 59-year-old customer service representative at the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif., encounters the same bad behavior in the after-hours messages left by her newspaper’s subscribers.Story continues below ↓
Anonymity can turn nice people nasty - Behavior-
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