HOW Many Nasty, Bully-Related Tweets Are Sent Each Day?

keyboardIt's no secret that with the invention of the Internet came the invention of Internet hate. And I'm not talking hate of the Internet here, I'm talking hate on the Internet. There's Facebook hate. Anonymous commenting hate. And, of course, Twitter hate. Lots and lots of Twitter hate.

Actually, while we're on the subject, do you know just how much Twitter hate is out there? Like, on a daily basis? I know you assume it's a lot, but take a ballpark guess. Say a number. What's that? You think about 10,000 tweets a day? Oh, no, no, no. It's much more than that.

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Researchers from the University of Wisconsin programmed a computer to analyze Twitter messages using an algorithm created to point out important words or symbols that may indicate bullying. And what they found is disconcerting to say the least. At least 15,000 bullying type of tweets are sent out every day. That's more than 100,000 nasty tweets a week.

The computer was also able to identify the various roles in bullying cycle: Bullies, victims, accusers, defenders, and "reporters." IE a person who witnesses or hears about some type of bullying going on -- in the real world or online -- and chooses to do nothing about it, other than report it.

In spite of the fact that it's a little jarring to see such a large and definitive number in writing in regards to rude and nasty tweeting, I can't say I'm all that surprised. The Internet has given us many, many wonderful things, but a kinder society it has not made us. At least not online it hasn't. I often wonder how the people who write hateful things online act in their lives outside of the Internet. You know, their real lives.

Are you surprised by this number?

 

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