Antisocial versus Social: Interpersonal skills online


Antisocial versus social behaviour is highly misunderstood among those online, is blurry about what is right or wrong. The grey area of what is appropriate based on actions or language can trigger emotions. What are actions versions reaction against one belief systems and opinions?

Antisocial behaviour can be destructive, discriminating or bullying. Personality types with narcissist, sociopath and psychopathic tendencies are usually behind much of the bullying.

The Science of Antisocial Traits

The dark triad of antisocial behaviours are Machiavellianism, Narcissism and psychopathy.

Machiavellianism presents as deceptive, manipulative and cynical in being prejudiced towards perceived lower status groups. Exploiting the vulnerable and lifting themselves above all else.

Narcissism is complex, including sub traits hypersensitivity, self entitlement and importance while disparaging others. Being highly defensive when questioned or dominating conversations and ideas that in turn making others feel inadequate.

Psychopathy is more sinister in nature compared to narcissism with a predatory agenda. Unlike narcissism, it shows aggressive, deceitful manipulation of people with self-centred goals. Including a disregard for other’s well-being and rights, inclusive of human rights violations.

All these traits are widely known to be unacceptable antisocial behaviours in society. These behaviours are shown in many ways, such as harassment as verbal or [sexually]( sexual), including stalking and monitoring others without consent.

Online, they can include unsolicited explicit images and unwarranted sexual advances in an attempt to gain favour towards a sexual prospected partner. As well as aggressive behaviour towards opinions and perceptions differing from their own.

The science on antisocial on social media

With over 3.5 billion users spending time on social media worldwide, many generations and personality types interact with each other. There is bound to be conflict stemming from frustrations, whereas, more people are being exposed to aggressive behaviour. This can cause and increase anxiety and depression in some people.

With self-control being the main focus of aggression in social media aggression. Whereas, behaviours and moods can be caught, no different from a virus. Following negative accounts online can wield negative effects on one’s mind, mood or behaviours.

Low level negative behaviour is the non-conscious process that underlies the negative behavioural contagion is like a thief at night with no fingerprints. It’s not seen and cannot be stopped and can occur without one’s knowledge as it’s buried in the subconscious. This usually leads to biased cognitive reflexes, including misinterpretations, misinformation, and the individual is unaware of any wrongdoing. Becoming aggressive when confronted.

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Social Media antisocial behaviours

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Enabling these behaviours by responding or an attempt to shame them only gives them power to continue, as it gives them notoriety and a platform. Giving them the attention they desire or the delusion that the one is a part of the system undermining them. Avoid enabling this behaviour by avoidance, and report to the social media platform you’re on.

Self-righteous and negative ideals have an effect on others, be it frustration, anger or a personality trait that needs to be constant control of the narrative. Antisocial behaviours include unsolicited explicit images and conversations, and should be report immediately to the platform that you are on. Do not engage with the enemies.

Self-righteous and negative ideals have an effect on others, be it frustration, anger or a personality trait that needs to be constant control of the narrative. Antisocial behaviours can be forcing one’s views on others without hearing the alternative, although opinions are up for debate. Negative perspectives which may do harm to self or others can be detrimental to individuals and society.

They always say the company you keep sets your mood, catching rudeness is the same, it is a social disease. Just like second hand smoke, second hand narcissism, psychopath, sociopath or Machiavellianism traits can creep into one’s mind and subconsciously take control of your life.


In conclusion, it comes down to emotional intelligence of self-control of the individual. Avoid enabling behaviours that are detrimental to mental health of others. Sanity and respect for people at all levels are required for the world to function in a way at all levels of society.

Practice self-awareness and question yourself with empathetic questions and put yourself in the other person’s shoes. How would you feel if you said that you, or how would you feel if you viewed that behaviour from an external perspective?

Not only does one make themselves look bad as they also do damage to one and other’s mental health, sanity and well-being.


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