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My dad used to always say you couldn’t win a pissing contest.

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My dad used to always say you couldn't win a pissing contest.

A new study says what your wife was right, you should never argue with anyone on Facebook.  And it happens, all the time, doesn’t it?  You post an opinion, a complaint, or maybe a link to something you found interesting.  Next, someone posts a comment.  Maybe a negative one.  Then someone else posts another comment, disagreeing with you, or with the commenter, and the next thing you know, it’s a free-for-all and people are firing threats and getting all personal.

Why is it so easy to get drawn into an argument on social media?  Simple.  We don’t think that we are talking to a real person.  In a study, 300 subjects either read, watched video of, or listened to arguments about some hot-button topics. Afterward, subjects were interviewed about their reactions to the opinions with which they disagreed.  There was a distinct difference between those who had watched or listened to someone speak the words out loud and those who had read the identical words. Those who had listened or watched to someone say the words were less likely to dismiss the speaker as uninformed or heartless than they were if they were just reading the commenter’s words.  Researchers conclude that the best way for people to work out their differences and arrive at a better understanding is by talking to each other.  So what it boils down to is, DON’T argue with people over Facebook!

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