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Researchers Link Twitter To Moral Compass Confusion

Short, frequent messages leave people dry-eyed

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Using Twitter will not turn you into a sociopath.  Still, there’s some new information out concerning Twitter and human emotion, and the researchers’ preliminary findings imply that people aren’t really able to process significant things quickly. 

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According to an article appearing on PhysOrg.com, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang said following a University of Southern California study, "If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality."

Admiration and compassion, in particular, take a little while to surface.  So it might be hard for Twitter users to recognize heroic acts or huge sacrifices while being bombarded with tons of 140-character messages.

But Immordino-Yang didn’t condemn Twitter, concluding, "It’s not about what tools you have, it’s about how you use those tools."

And after all, we’ve known about this sort of stuff for ages.  A long film might cause you to cry; a quick news bulletin generally won’t.  Or consider a novel compared to a short newspaper blurb if you want to get into things that have been around even longer.

So use Twitter without fear that you’ll wind up throwing babies off rooftops.  Just perhaps think twice before tweeting about some huge accomplishment or someone’s death.

Researchers Link Twitter To Moral Compass Confusion
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