I'm not twelve, I'm not peer pressure's bitch.
I never said you were; don't put words in my mouth.
I'm talking about some very simple, basic, Sociology 101 human dynamics, which I can easily point you to examples of on this board. Conflict (especially online for a variety of reasons) tends to lead to more conflict, rather than resolution. And lots of people joining in on one side of the conflict tends to lead to that side reacting more strongly than any one of the individuals would have on their own.