BROOKLYN - A new study shows that people tend to be ruder on social media sites than they are in real life.

Vital Smarts, a corporate training firm that conducted the study, says that people are more likely to hurl an insult through a site like Facebook or Twitter than they would face-to-face.

Researchers say that 78 percent of respondents reported that people in their social circle were more rude on social media than in real life. One in five people have also cut down their contact with friends who've crossed the line on those sites and others like it.