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A new study published in the journal Psychological Science found that people who listen or watch someone speak opposing views out loud are less likely to dismiss the speaker as “uninformed or heartless.”
Meanwhile, those who read the arguments on Facebook are more dismissive of opposing opinions.
Some experts believe this is because of the perceived anonymity of the internet.
The researchers advise people to work out their differences by speaking with each other in person instead of arguing on social media.
Meeting face-to-face can smooth out disagreements and even create compromise, according to the study. Instead of joining a passionate Facebook debate, people should consider scheduling a lunch date or phone call with the person to discuss the issue.
This can save your reputation and relationships, the study suggests. People should be aware of the message they are projecting on social media.
It is important to be conscious of the words you use on social media, as they can offend people.
Avoiding certain behaviors on Facebook, such as sharing too much or getting into heated arguments, can help protect your reputation.