The media faces a growing challenge in how its content is spread and recycled. When I asked various law enforcement and forensic psychology experts what might explain America’s rising tide of gun rampages, I heard the same two words over and over: social media. Although there is no definitive research yet, widespread anecdotal evidence suggests that the speed at which social media bombards us with memes and images exacerbates the copycat effect.
— Mark Follman in Mother Jones. And beyond any food you might be providing to attention-craving sociopaths, you’re probably helping to arouse greater anger and agitation among your fellow Twitter users, which leads people to say extreme things that they regret later, and does absolutely nothing to help those who are suffering. So why not give it a rest?