A Facebook employee holds a laptop with a 'like' sticker on it during an event at Facebook headquarters during an event at Facebook headquarters on April 4, 2013 in Menlo Park, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- A new survey shows what many people already suspected - people are getting ruder on social media. The survey, by VitalSmarts, said 19 percent of people surveyed said they have blocked, unsubscribed or "unfriended" someone over a virtual argument, reports Reuters.
The survey found that as social media use has surged, so has incivility. Seventy-eight percent of 2,698 people surveyed said they have noted an increase in rudeness online, and that people have no qualms about being less polite virtually than in person, Reuters said.
"The world has changed and a significant proportion of relationships happen online but manners haven't caught up with technology," Joseph Grenny, the co-chairman of VitalSmarts told Reuters.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)