For years, people have denounced conspiracy theorists as mere lunatics who advocate preposterous ideas to the masses. Now, however, recent studies by psychologists and social media scientists have proven that these “conspiracy theorists” actually appear to be saner than people who blindly accept what the mainstream media propagates.
A recent study published in 2013 by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent, entitled “‘What about Building 7?’ A Social Psychological Study of Online Discussion of 9/11 Conspiracy Theories,” compared “conspiracists,” those who are pro-conspiracy, and “conventionalists,” those who are anti-conspiracy. By analyzing comments on news websites, the researchers were surprised to find out that more people actually leave so-called conspiracist comments than conventional ones.
“Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist,” the researchers wrote.