When you look at an empty rectangle your brain releases a chemical that suppresses your emotional feedback system and stimulates the Cerebellar misogynis region of the brain, thought to moderate the sexual content of your speech. This explains why many people disavow comments entirely, as an empty comment box is a classic trigger for this effect, and makes comment threads devolving into repugnant jokes a neuroscientific inevitability. (It also explains why designers started experimenting with rounded corners. And did you happen to notice the shape of Daniel Tosh’s stage during his recent stand-up controversy?)
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