In 2015, Chicago Public Schools officials quietly began checking out social media for signs of trouble among students that could lead to serious violence.
Dr. Desmond Patton comments.
What is the relationship between the version of you that lives online and the one that walks around the earth? We think of our online selves as shadow versions of us which we can control. But in this age when facts are malleable, something strange is happening: our online selves are sometimes eclipsing our real ones, even when we don't want them to.
The jury’s out on the psychology behind sharing images or videos of violence and atrocities. But it’s clear people don’t respond to this content in the same way they would in the real world, said Desmond Upton Patton, associate professor of social work at Columbia University. “We have an ability to look with and engage with highly traumatic and violent content,” he said.