Misogynistic Tweets Predict Domestic Violence Hotspots

The more offensive tweets women have made in a region, the more it will see arrests of domestic violence next year, a survey has emerged after it was approved for other reasons. The timing of the relationship implies that tweets are contributing to a culture of violence against women rather than being noticeable in local attitudes. Social media can be a ruthless place for anyone who attracts the wrath of a significant portion of this population.

Women carry a lot of evidence of this, there a particularly misogynistic nature of a lot of abuse, influencing the way women behave when using these platforms. What is less clear is whether there is a similarity between online attacks and physical violence. Tom Denson, a professor at the University of New South Wales, told IFLScience that this is an area where, “Science is moving slowly.”

Denson and co-authors collected 1.8 billion tweets in 2013-14 and searched for algorithms for funny words such as “bitch” and “scan”, or “women in the kitchen are women”, especially gendered words. John probably evaluated the ironic human readers, yet the sample states that 93 percent of the uninterrupted physical system.

These positions compared with psychiatry with arrests for domestic violence in the same years in 47 U.S. states. Denson and co-authors regulate the use of alcohol, income inequality, and age for reasons identified as being involved in domestic violence. The tweet-violence connection easily remains statistically significant. This alone could easily be the product of both, originating from places with a sexist culture. However, the authors found the concentration of tweets predicting arrest the following year, not the other year.

Denson said in a statement, “This study recommends caution about posting misleading hate speech such as if the person posting is not violent, but such posts seem to create an environment where violence against women is more likely.”  “There’s a lot of theory and research to suggest that tweets can cause violence,” Denson told IFLScience. How the prevention of violence revealed in the comments of colleagues may increase the tendency of violence.

Denson told IFLScience that he was not aware of any research into whether people who tweet are themselves violent. Even if the tweets do not stand to contribute to the problem, Denson thinks they can be effective, as an early warning sign indicating that funding for anti-violence campaigns and shelters may most be needed.