Many of the adults reading this post likely grew up in a world where at the end of the day, they were able to return to a home and “unplug” from the activities, pressures, and communication of school and work life.  It’s a fact of the 21st century, however, that most adults and kids remain connected to each other all day, every day.  Today, smartphones, e-mails, texts, apps and social media sites dictate that people are always plugged in and ever-attached to each other.

For as much as modern technology has made possible round-the-clock communication, however, it has also lessened the amount of time that human beings look each other in the eye and say what they are thinking or feeling.  There can be no doubt that for most people—and especially for those who prefer to avoid direct confrontation—it is far easier to be cruel from a behind a keyboard.   Today’s technology affords anyone who wants to mask their anger or aggression a perfect front.  For the passive aggressive person, the relative anonymity of screens and apps has become an ideal Get-Out-of-Guilt-Free card.   In this post on Psychology Today’s website, I examine four reasons why passive aggression thrives online.  Please check it out and share it with anyone to whom it can be helpful.