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Mindf*ck Monday #66: Why We Forget That Most People Are Good

Mindf*ck Monday #66: Why We Forget That Most People Are Good

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1. One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Barrel - I imagine if you measured it, you’d find that the more time people spend online, the more cynical they become. People who are online all day, every day, likely believe humanity is one giant festering shitpool, while people who actually, you know, go outside and do things probably think most people are A-OK. 

I think one of the reasons for this is that the internet is so broad and massive (and anonymous) that it’s hard to get a real sense of who you’re dealing with. It feels like everywhere you go, there’s some trolly comment or dumb Facebook argument or infuriating email waiting for you. You get this warped sense that the entire planet is filled with whiny, entitled idiots drooling onto their keyboards. 

Part of this is due to the negativity bias. We experience negative comments as more impactful/important than positive comments. Research shows that we give anywhere from three to …

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