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Uncovering the Roots of Online Toxicity: A Study on Human Behavior and Social Networks

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 26, 2024
Humanity corrupts networks, which are not inherently toxic.

A recent study published in Nature has shed light on the issue of online toxicity, specifically as it relates to social networks. The study analyzed over 500 million threads, messages, and conversations in English on eight platforms over 34 years, including Facebook, Reddit, Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube. The researchers found that toxicity is not a result of the networks themselves, but rather stems from human behavior.

Despite changes in networks and social norms over time, certain toxic behaviors persist in online discussions. This implies that toxicity is a natural outcome of online interactions. Surprisingly, the study also revealed that toxicity does not necessarily deter participation on the platforms. User behavior in toxic and non-toxic conversations showed nearly identical patterns in terms of engagement.

While the study highlights that human behavior contributes to online toxicity, it does not mean that all online interactions are doomed to be toxic. Efforts to mitigate toxicity can still be effective in creating a more positive online environment. The findings could help social platforms moderate content to minimize toxic behavior and promote healthier discussions online.

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsskio.com, I weave words to craft compelling narratives that captivate readers and bring stories to life. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, I strive to create engaging and informative content that resonates with our audience. Whether I'm delving into the latest news trends or exploring unique angles on various topics, my goal is to deliver quality content that informs, entertains, and inspires. Join me on this journey as we uncover the news stories that matter most.

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