If you want to see what society actually thinks and looks like, go to the comments sections on the internet. One of my favorites is my local news Facebook page. Even without the cover of anonymity that a site like Yik Yak provides, the things people will say in these comments sections is just appalling. If you’re surprised by things that people say on Yik Yak or on these comments section, it’s not proof that people are horrible on the internet, it’s proof that people, when you see the whole swath of what’s out there, can be really really horrible.
If what they’re saying there shocks you, it’s because your own biases and your own assumptions about what humanity is like, are colored by your own experiences in a nicer world.
Conversely, if you think the world is filled with the worst people in those comments sections, you also need to check your assumptions. There are plenty of nice, thoughtful, reasonable people on the internet too. The whole spectrum is there.
And it’s fascinating to me as someone who loves looking at data.