Most people you meet in everyday life — at work, in the neighborhood — are decent and normal. Even nice. But hit Twitter or watch the news, and you’d think we were all nuts and nasty.
Reality check: It turns out, you’re right. We dug into the data and found that, in fact, most Americans are friendly, donate time or money, and would help you shovel your snow. They are busy, normal and mostly silent.
- These aren’t the people with big Twitter followings or cable-news contracts — and they don’t try to pick fights at school board meetings.
- So the people who get the clicks and the coverage distort our true reality.
Three stats we find reassuring:
- 75% of people in the U.S. never tweet.