Anonymity Makes Us Less Civil, But We Don’t Want To Be Forced To Use Real Names Online

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UTICA, N.Y. – While three out of five U.S. adults believe that anonymity on the internet makes us less civil, just one out of five are in favor of forcing people to use their real names online according to a new poll by IBOPE Zogby.

Those who were against forcing users to reveal their identity believe that doing so could suppress dialogue about important topics.


Half of the poll’s respondents said they would continue to post comments on websites if they had to provide their real identity. A quarter said they would not be very likely or not likely at all to post comments if they had to use their real name. Sixteen percent said they do not leave comments online at all

Four out of five people believe it would be impossible to prevent people from concealing their identity online.

The interactive poll of 2,153 U.S. adults was conducted from July 29-Aug. 1.

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