The internet loves to debate...well...everything. And those debates can often get heated. Anyone who's ever looked at a comment section knows there are people who love to say whatever they can to piss off as many people as possible. But you've probably wondered where the heck all these trolls come from. Well Wired has the answer.
Wired partnered with popular Internet comments provider Disqus to study trolls and where they came from. They then put together the data and created a map showing which U.S. states produce the most toxic internet comments. Here's what it looks like:
The darker red means the state produces more toxic comments, while the more yellow states produce less toxicity. To see the full map in more detail, head over to Wired.
Wired also pointed out some areas of note from their study:
- Bellflower, California is 335 percent more toxic than the rest of the state.
- Beverly, New Jersey has 114 internet authors who created over 150,000 comments. That's over 1,300 comments each.
- Sharpsburg, Georgia gets the distinction as the least toxic city in America, whereas Park Forest, IL is the most toxic with 34 percent of comments being toxic. However 99 percent of toxic comments in Park Forest are made by just two people.
- Vermont is the most toxic state in America. But don't blame geography, because neighboring state New Hampshire is actually the least toxic.
- 25 percent of all commenters have left at least one toxic message.
- 3 a.m. is the most toxic time for comments, with 11 percent being considered mean. And 9 p.m. is the most popular time for comments with nearly 11,000 comments being made on average.
If you'd like to learn more about trolls and toxic comments, head over to Wired. But note, there's no comment section so you can't contribute.