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Why Obnoxious People Are More Knowledgeable

September 06, 2013 1 min read

It looks like the meek might not inherit the earth after all. A new study reveals that obnoxious people have a disturbing upper hand.

After reviewing Tweets posted during a myriad of American sporting events, researchers from Washington State University have discovered that the more confident a person appeared, the more trustworthy they seemed to followers. It didn't seem to matter whether the Tweets were made by professional pundits or amateurs, the people who were 'louder' had more dedicated followers. It also didn’t matter if they were actually correct in their predictions.

Yikes. What does this say about our society? Do we value flash and show a little too much? Confidence is great, but confidence should work in tandem with substance - it shouldn’t replace it.

As it stands, sadly, a big mouth goes a long way.


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