Flame wars are a neural fluke

Flame wars are a neural fluke

You know those comment box flame wars you’re always getting into? Apparently it’s called cyber-disinhibition.

The Internet inadvertently undermines the quality of human interaction, allowing destructive emotional impulses freer reign under specific circumstances. The reason is a neural fluke that results in cyber-disinhibition of brain systems that keep our more unruly urges in check. The tech problem: a major disconnect between the ways our brains are wired to connect, and the interface offered in online interactions.

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  • Funny—somehow “cyber-disinhibition” just doesn’t measure up to “rude” for me.  I think people have forgotten how to write letters.  Writing letters never produced this sort of problem disconnect in an age when courtesy was a rule of thumb.  Maybe we’ve just been brainwashed by too many sit-coms.