How to Deal With Internet Trolls

It never fails. You get online to post a video, a picture, an audio clip, or even a story, and you’ll instantly meet a person who’s most insightful and elaborate comment is something taken straight out of a 5th grade recess shouting match. When you try to correct this person, you get a comeback from the 90’s to the effect of – oh yea, well, your mom is an alien! Before long, you realize that you are trapped with a troll.

Trolls are hard to avoid, the only way to completely avoid trolls is to not do anything online. The same way that you would avoid criticism– say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. Which is not a healthy way of living in my opinion.

These people lurk over forums and video sites waiting for the opportunity to criticize the content provider. They have one goal in mind when they get online – humiliate all the things! Shortly after logging on, they flip their switch to attack mode.

Oscar Wilde once said “ A Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” The same holds true when it comes to commenting on websites under anonymous user names. When you’re far away from a person and the conversation is not happening in real time, you are more prone to make an offensive statement towards someone – after all, there are hundreds of John Does in the world. Additionally, they can simply walk away from the keyboard – it’s easier for someone to throw out their opinion and then leave.

The study took anonymous user names like – XYZTroller – and compared it to John Doe on Facebook, it found that having a name next to your comment had little to no effect. People continued to say mean things and did not apologize for their statements. However, when people are outed – having their mask taken off – they instantly change their ways and attitudes. An excellent example happened in 2012 when Anonymous exposed Kylie Kylem’s trolls, shortly after they were revealed, they walked away with their tails between their legs crying for mercy.

Not all trolls are created equal though, in the infographic listed below, you can clearly see some instances where people who normally do not troll get sucked into a mob mentality and began to attack and insult a person for no apparent cause. They compared cases where people threatened to commit suicide by jumping from buildings, and found out that people in mobs actually encourage the victim to jump – but if the crowd is small, they try to talk them out of jumping.

The infographic is presented by, it offers ways to beat internet trolls at their game and even offers ways to frustrate trolls to help you have a more enjoyable experience online.


The Rise of the Cheater

From the student who copies classmates’ homework to the person who lies about their taxes, cheating happens every day and by people of all ages. But before children discover how to cheat, they learn the art of lying. It is estimated that the average child begins to tell lies between the ages of two and three. By age six, children average one lie every hour and a half, and it only gets worse as we grow up. Adult men lie about six times a day and women lie an average of three times a day.

Lying and cheating go hand in hand. When you don’t get caught, you can gain an advantage over others. Children learn this at a young age and begin to cheat as early as elementary school. Cheating has always been an issue in middle school, high school, and college, but thanks to today’s technology it has become an increasingly difficult problem to stop. Sophisticated technology has allowed students to gather and share information in clever ways that are hard for teachers to detect. Smart phones have further fueled this problem, especially in the classroom. Students can cheat by text messaging answers to one another and taking photos of exams.

Cheating doesn’t only take place in schools; it also happens in the workplace. Cheating affects people in every industry, especially fields that are heavily motivated by money, such as sales, retail, marketing, real estate, and consulting. Fierce competition, declining profits, and a bad economy cause many companies and their employees to use dishonest tactics to get your business. Business owners can cheat customers out of money through false advertising, overcharging, withholding information, displacing blame, and many other deceitful business practices. Business owners have been known to cheat their own workers out of wages and benefits, and employees often cheat their employers out of money through embezzlement and fraud. The following graphic by Online Colleges explains the evolution of cheating and how deceit affects our day to day relationships.

Rise of the Cheater Infographic

The Death of Television

Television’s out; the Internet is in. In the past few years, the population of folks getting their television from the Internet has drastically increased. More than one-third of U.S. Internet users are watching videos online every day. And the top sites are exactly what you’d think: Netflix users average over 10 hours per month of video watching time, with YouTube and Hulu coming in at almost three hours a piece. The average Internet video viewer watches 239 videos per month, with an average length of almost six minutes per video. That’s about 28 hours per month — a lot of time away from the TV.

Educational shows are popular on the Internet, but nothing can top good old entertainment. Students are three times more likely to watch content on their laptops than they are on basic cable. It’s easier, probably cheaper, and more convenient. In fact, 83% of 18-29 year olds claim to watch some, most, or all of their favorite television shows online. Not even one-third of this same population feels that they need to own a television set in order to entertain themselves with their favorite shows.

In June of 2012, Netflix viewers streamed one billion hours of content in a single month, for the first time in Internet history. Every Netflix subscriber watches an average of 80 minutes on the site per day, more than 35 hours per month. While television took 80 years to reach an average of 290 million Americans, online streaming video has achieved and audience of about 125 million Americans in less than a decade. Gone are the days of the boob tube; now, it’s the days of YouTube.

The Death of TV


Cyberbullied: How Bullies Have Moved From the Playground to the Web

Traditional schoolyard bullying has taken a backseat to an equally, if not moreso, damaging form of bullying – cyberbullying. Much like traditional bullying, cyberbullying involves name-calling, rumors, and other harassment tactics, but unlike face-to-face bullying, online threats tend to go under the radar of adults. The growing online presence of teenagers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites has significantly increased the rate of cyberbullying among today’s youth. Smartphones have also changed the way teenagers communicate and access the Internet. An increase in technology usage has opened the door for more malicious and damaging threats. In fact, more teenagers bully online because it is much harder to get caught by adults. Not only is it easier to get away with, but bullies can also humiliate their victims on a larger scale, often instigating others and ganging up on victims. But even with a wider audience witnessing online bullying, 90% of teens ignore it. Victims are often reluctant to report bullying to their parents or an adult because they’re afraid of being called a snitch.

Bully victims often struggle academically and skip school because they fear seeing their bullies. What’s worse is that one in five cyber-bullied kids thinks about committing suicide and about 4,500 teens actually follow through with it. The graphic below provides a comprehensive look at the issue of cyberbullying and how it is negatively impacting today’s youth.

Cyberbullying Infographic
Source: Accredited Online Colleges

Warning: You Are Not Safe Online!

We’ve heard it a million times before: protect your privacy and don’t do anything stupid on the Internet. However, with the growing trend of social media and online interaction, more of us become less hesitant when it comes to sharing our information. Even if we think we’re being careful, companies have found all kinds of ways to collect our data and use it for other purposes. It’s no longer just about not making careless decisions like posting your address or publicly uploading your photos.

The graphic below illustrates this in detail, but it also provides some tips to make sure that we have some layer of protection. Though some of these are somewhat obvious, I think a lot of us these days simply forget the power of a secure password code and taking those extra steps to change our privacy settings.

You Are Not Safe Online
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Google: From Grad School to $150 Billion Company

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin met back in 95, I’m sure neither of them knew just how successful Google would become. Controlling 80% of the market share for all searches online, Google has now managed to become an integral part of our daily lives. The majority of us probably use Google just as much as we use other everyday items like cellphones.

So, how exactly did Page and Brin manage to start from humble beginnings to creating a $150 billion company?

This cool interactive piece explains how they did it in a comprehensive timeline. It also takes a deeper look at some other highlights from the years of 1995 to 2011 (even popular memes)- def a trip back memory lane.

Just click on the image below to start the timeline:

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Bad Science – Caused by Bad Scientist?

We read and hear about scientific studies on a daily basis. News outlets and editorials always seem to be reporting on some sort of new finding, and most people don’t question them. Why should we? A scientist wouldn’t lie, right? Unfortunately, new studies have revealed that a shocking number of researchers and scientists aren’t always being 100% honest.

The graphic below reveals that 1 out of 3 scientists admit to using questionable research practices, and 1 in 50 outright admit to fabricating data. Furthermore, 81% stated that they would have no problems fabricating results in order to win a grant and/or get published. Check out the full graphic below to learn more about this disturbing trend.

Bad Science
Created by: Clinical Psychology

What We Need to Hear and Interesting Stuff About Sound

Everyday we have to deal with thousands of different sounds, every single area of our lives has some sort of beep or crack coming through our hearing canal. When you wake up, it’s usually because of a loud noise coming from your alarm, or police sirens going off outside, or even your fire alarm during testing days.  Natural noises are not that bad for us, but man made noises can be a real pain. The loudest man made noise is that of an atomic bomb, which is one step ahead of a volcanic eruption. The loudest sound was probably that of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.

The infographic below talks about sound barriers, noises, natural frequencies, and even devices that stop sound. It has a lot of information on the graph, but this is it’s downfall, you’ll have to click the image to enlarge it because of  small the letters are. I found it interesting that at 60% volume you can listen an ipod for about 8 hours safely, but at 100% volume, you can listen to it for about a minute before you risk damaging your hearing drums. Overall, fantastic graph… to small for the content.

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Noise what you need to hear
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