Twitter is the World’s Most Toxic App According to This Survey

Social media was initially thought to be a great way for people to keep in touch with each other, but over the years its sinister underbelly was exposed and this resulted in it becoming a source of disorientation and anger rather than communal connectivity. A new study from SimpleTexting sought to be uncover what social media platforms users are least comfortable with, and with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that Twitter ended up being selected as the most toxic one of all.

Around 38.1% of the people that responded to this survey said that Twitter was the app that they felt had the most trolls on it. Facebook missed out on the dubious honor, with a relatively lower 26.9% of respondents saying that this social media platform had a noticeable number of trolls. Reddit came in third, with 14.9% of respondents saying the same about it with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Social media in general appears to have become quite a toxic landscape. 60% of people who responded to this survey claimed that they feared about posting certain things because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up drawing the ire of those that hold opposing viewpoints. In spite of the fact that this is the case, about 90% of respondents stated that they saw someone in their network of friends and acquaintances posting something that had a racist slant to it, indicating that only those with radical fringe views are confident enough to say what they really think.

84% of respondents also stated that they have seen negative comments about such sensitive topics as gender and sexual orientation. This suggests a bit of a gap between what people are perceiving and what is actually going on. If so much negative content is being spread online, it seems unlikely that a majority of people don’t post things for fear of what others might say to refute them so more studies would need to be done.
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