Have people become more annoying since the advent of the internet?

This is not a commentary on gawker, btw. I recently have been reading my alumni message board and I think there is a contingent of awful, navel gazing jerks who are very active. If there were no internet sites, maybe they'd be jerks in their own life or maybe they'd be forced to be less jerky because they'd have to confront society (the reality principle)? What do you think?? WHICH ONE? Exacerbation of natural tendencies or an allowance for assholeness to bloom?!?!?!?

THOUGHTS?!!?!?