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Why we can’t handle online criticism

Why do nasty posts bother us so much? From public shaming to political echo chambers, I spoke to Terri Apter about praise, blame—and why nobody yet knows how to handle the internet

By Stephanie Boland  

We're constantly gauging what other people think of us. Photo: Prospect composite

Why do we do our taxes? On the surface, it sounds like a stupid question. We do our taxes to avoid a fine; because the hassle of not doing them outweighs the hassle of doing them; because the government tells us to. We do it because we’re law-abiding citizens, and we know funding schools and hospitals is the right thing to do.

But according to Dr Terri Apter, we do it for another reason, too: to avoid…

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