Let's say you're debating something on Facebook or Reddit. Most of the replies in the comments are a sentence or two long, and it's easy to quickly see what everyone has to say. Then, one person posts a wall of text. We're talking 10-15 bullet points or more, with links to everything from scientific studies to national news stories. Pretty persuasive, right? Well, science says you're actually more likely to reject that argument, thanks to the overkill backfire effect.
Overkill? More Like Killtastrophe
Written by Cody Gough June 15, 2018
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