We Asked 8,500 Internet Commenters Why They Do What They Do

We Asked 8,500 Internet Commenters Why They Do What They Do

Only a small subset of readers ever comment. What compels them to take the time to weigh in? To learn more about the reasons that people comment, Christie Aschwanden collected data from two sources — an analysis of the comments here at FiveThirtyEight and a survey of more than 8,500 people. What she learned shifted her views about commenters and offered some interesting insights into the hive mind.

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