Social media, Facebook in particular, has become a hotbed of arguments. Whatever issues you can think of–from political to personal–someone will always have something to write about them. According to researchers, however, it is not wise to argue on Facebook.
It all has to do with the ways we respond to different forms of communication. An experiment by UC Berkeley and University of Chicago researchers shows we react differently to what someone writes than what they say – even if the message is exactly the same.
For the study, 300 subjects were asked to either read, watch a video of, or listen to arguments about hot topics, including war and abortion.
The participants were then interviewed about their reactions. The general response was that anyone who didn’t agree with them were either too ignorant or too uncaring to know better.
But the researchers did find an interesting difference between those who had watched or listened to someone speak the words and those who had read the identical words as text.
Participants who had listened or watched someone say the words were less likely to dismiss the speaker as someone uninformed or uncaring.
The experiment was actually inspired by one of the researchers’ experiences. Juliana Schroeder relayed to the Washington Post:
“One of us read a speech excerpt that was printed in a newspaper from a politician with whom he strongly disagreed. The next week, he heard the exact same speech clip playing on a radio station. He was shocked by how different his reaction was toward the politician when he read the excerpt compared to when he heard it.”
The research suggests that a better and healthier way to argue would be through verbal communication.
People who disagree with each other have a better chance at achieving understanding, compromise, and healthy debates than people who merely exchange comments on Facebook, send lengthy emails, or endlessly text each other.
The research also suggests that since today’s communication is more impersonal, it could be contributing to greater divide among people. Perhaps it’s best that, when arguing, we speak instead of write.
This Company Lets You Install Observational Beehives In Your Living Room
Not only will you see bees in action, you will also get to understand their crucial role in an urban setting!
The sad reality that we are facing today is the consistent decline in the bee population. Yes, this is true – and it has been that way for a long time already. Unfortunately, among the known causes of bee population decline are the loss of habitat and modern industrial farming methods.
If you think this is the least of your problems, then you certainly do not know a thing or two about nature. You see, bees are the ones responsible for pollinating most of the plants on the planet. And these plants, apparently, are the kinds that we human beings rely upon food. If not for these creatures, it is almost impossible for this cycle to happen. In order to encounter this nightmarish event, experts have come up with a couple of innovative solutions. BEEcosystem, in particular, has developed a system of wall-mounted observation hives, all of which can be easily expanded in a hexagonal, honeycomb style.
BEEcosystem is designed to counter the consistent decline in the bee population.
Well-Loved Character Tintin May Have Been Based on a 15-Year-Old Danish Boy Scout
He’s one of the most beloved characters in Europe and beyond.
You may well be familiar with Tintin, the world-famous fictional cartoon character created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé (also known as Georges Prosper Remi) and loved by both young and old. He has no superpowers, but the ever curious young investigative reporter and adventurer, along with his fox terrier Snowy, continues to captivate the hearts of many up to this day.
Tintin first appeared on January 10, 1929, in the Le Petit Vingtième, the youth supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle. What started as a supplement grew into an international phenomenon. A comic book, television series, and several animated and feature films were made over the years.
Tintin, with his sharp wit, kindness, and thirst for adventure, became an inspirational character to many.
Six-Inch Long Centipede Cuddles With Hatchlings In Skin-Crawling Footage
Do you find this creepy or cute?
It's heartwarming to see videos of momma animals cuddling with their cute newborn babies. Most of the time, such an adorable sight would easily make our day bright. But will you still find it cute if the mom and baby -- or in this case, babies -- belong to the creepy-crawly species?
A Filipino real-estate agent managed to capture a video of a six-inch centipede embracing its 80 hatchlings. The video has since garnered millions of views and somehow confused netizens as to how they should feel about it.