Gasp - most online comments are negative

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Using the BBC news boards as bait, a group of researchers have confirmed what we suspected all along – online comments generally come from a bad, bad place.

The group from the Warsaw University of Technology concluded after four years of studying the Beeb’s news forums that online conversations are borne from emotions, and more interestingly: “participants with more negative emotions write more posts.” Since these Negative Nellies write more posts, longer forums tend to be chock full of cranky comments. In other words, negativity breeds more negativity.

Is this negative poster part of the 1% rule and are 90% of people online less negative or have better control over their emotions because they choose not to content?