In which Microsoft stands in a cesspool and declares it fit for swimming
February 6, 2019 12:35 PM Subscribe
People around the world report increased civility online, new Microsoft research shows. The survey [Powerpoint] questioned teens and adults in 22 countries about their exposure to online risks across four categories: reputational, behavioral, sexual and personal/intrusive. There were tiny improvements worldwide in perceived online civility, with US showed the biggest positive change.
Microsoft sees a tiny improvement in the cesspool we call the internet: Before you break out the tea and crumpets to celebrate the return of politeness, there are some sore points. For one, the consequences of dealing with incivility were more prevalent, with more people (three to four points in each category) becoming distrustful, stressed, sleepless and withdrawn when situations turned sour. People were also less likely to think before replying, treat others with dignity or stick up for victims. [...] On top of this, we'd point out that Microsoft is judging internet civility by its own criteria -- we're sure many people would beg to differ.
Microsoft Study Claims the Internet Is Getting More Civil. The Internet Throws Side Eye Back: Though it seems there’s a reason why people are feeling like the Internet is slightly more civil than it was in 2017: they’re starting to unplug more. The survey found that 27% of people—a 4% increase—said all of the negativity has prompted them to spend less time participating on social media and blogs.
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