Apparently, you can be right in every argument, every single time!
Recent research has shown that people who constantly won at arguments and debates in online forums had a similar pattern of behavior. This research was carried out by Lillian Lee and her PhD students at Cornell University over the span of 2 years, and these were the results:
Apparently, the first commenter has better chance of swaying the original person’s opinion!
Changing up words from the original post – example: ‘global warming’ instead of ‘climate change’ – has better impact as it conveys deeper knowledge.
We bet your mothers have constantly warned you that no argument can be won by shouting; they were right! Using a calm tone is more effective than aggressive words and swearing!
Well, apparently if you bore them enough, they buy it! Long comments seem to persuade more.
Using ‘for instance’, ‘i.e.’, or other similar terms, as well as statistics and numbers do actually back up your position!
Forget your anecdotes, put links and sources so that people can know you’re saying the truth!
Yes, we know you’re right, no doubt! But showing people your softer side isn’t a weakness; telling them that this “could be the case” makes it easier for them to accept!
People actually take the time to assess the original post’s tone and language before engaging; somehow, this gives them an idea about whether this battle is worth the effort.
Speaking with the ‘I’ pronoun shows a humble attitude and a more open minded opinions. However, using ‘we’ or ‘us’ shows a more stubborn person that would not be wavered… which convinces people that you’re just enforcing opinions and nothing more!
And just as your mother also says, too much ‘back and forth’ can do more harm than good! Apparently, after the fourth or fifth post, the chance of convincing someone you were right starts to drop significantly.