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We Asked 8,500 Internet Commenters Why They Do What They Do

Read Christie Aschwanden’s first paragraph. If you’ve written anything that elicits comments, I’m sure you can relate. There is plenty of data here to digest, and also further speculation: I had a hypothesis: Maybe this commenting-without-reading phenomenon represents a variation of the backfire effect, in which a person who receives evidence that their belief is erroneous actually becomes more strongly ...

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