<me> why is this space so fucking toxic sometimes though
<@rhiaro> because the social web is made by antisocial people
Social media rewards extreme and generally anti-social behavior. It rewards toxic activity. People get Likes and Boosts. They get "points" and the subsequent hormonal rewards for acting in ways that hurt and alienate. It's absolutely unhealthy. I think it's slowly starting to change, but it's very slow.
@cwebber @emacsen @rhiaro Maybe, but I think the immaturity of the current ecosystem is forcing people to talk to strangers right now (because their friends aren't all here) and that has some interesting effects too.
I mean, one thing we should definitely stop doing is displaying follower counts. Surely that's super toxic.