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Kiesler Weighs In on What Online Comments Say About Us

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Sara Kiesler

It's easy to think that someone who posts a rude comment on a web article or forum is a probably just a rude person in general, but Hillman Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction Sara Kiesler begs to differ. In a recent New York Times article, "What Your Online Comments Say About You," Kiesler reminds readers that the comment itself may not tell us anything about the commenter's true nature.

"People do change their behavior in different situations and so we can't always make attributions about their personality unless we see their behavior across time and across different situations," she said. "Somebody that had a bad day and lashes out at somebody else might be a very loving parent, for example."

Read the whole article here.