It’s like the behavior of crowds, or those mass beatings where no one gets blamed because everyone’s at fault.” Sheri Pineda, a 59-year-old customer service representative at the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif., encounters the same bad behavior in the after-hours messages left by her newspaper’s subscribers. “They’ll rant and rave and cuss at us with extremely foul language. Press 2 to hang up and act like a normal person again.
And I think a lot them specifically wait until we close the phones. I, anonymous Between out-of-control customers, vituperative online posters and road-raging drivers, it’s hard to find an individual who hasn’t succumbed to the siren song of faceless, consequence-free communication.
You should do this too if you receive a text message from someone you don’t know.
“It’s mind-boggling the things people will say and even the things I will say,” says Catherine Mc Intyre, a 38-year-old medical billing specialist from Houston.
But our split personalities aren’t limited to the Web. In a February 2008 study published in the journal Psychological Reports, researchers found that out of four groups of participants, only those in the anonymous group took part in antisocial behavior — in this case defined as violating rules to obtain a reward.
“I definitely believe that anonymity affects the frequency of antisocial behavior among individuals to some extent, even when these individuals have a reasonable sense of morality — so-called ‘ordinary people,’” says study author Tatsuya Nogami of Nagoya University in Japan.
You also need to be careful if you download a tone, as sometimes people disguise a virus as a ring tone.
Sometimes companies will keep sending tones to you, even if you don’t want them.
Sometimes people send junk text messages that are like adverts to people’s mobile numbers, and these are called Spam messages.