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The Impact of Online Political Debates on Reddit Users

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Examining the effects of online discussions on political discourse and behavior.

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Online political debate isn't inherently toxic, a new study of Reddit commenters finds. Instead, it becomes toxic because of the kind of rhetoric and behavior that users engage in. This study sheds light on the dynamics of online political conversations and the potential consequences for users' beliefs and actions.

One of the key findings of the study is that users who engage in toxic behavior online are more likely to hold extreme political views and exhibit hostile attitudes towards those with opposing opinions. This polarization of political discourse can lead to further division and alienation among different groups within society.

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