People are increasingly acting like complete assholes to each other online, according to a new study conducted by corporate training firm VitalSmarts. Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they believe people’s rude behavior on social media is getting worse, and that they themselves have “no qualms” about acting like a jerk online.
Meanwhile, 19 percent of survey takers said they have blocked, unsubscribed or unfriended a person after an online argument, while one in five of the 3,000 people who responded said they have reduced IRL contact following an e-brawl.
Joseph Grenny, a co-chairman from VitalSmarts, believes etiquette online hasn’t yet caught up to those of in person principles. He said the lack of peer pressure (a.k.a judgement) online is the root of why people think they can get away with being mean.
“What really is surprising is that so many people disapprove of this behavior but people are still doing it. Why would you name call online but never to that person’s face?” said Grenny to Reuters.
Because it’s easier, you jerk.