Study finds internet trolls suffer from personality disorder

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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 12:34 am » by Chaindrive


Placed this in Health, well.. because it deals with somebodys lack of mental social skills.


(Is this the part were we start pointing fingers at each other............ or not?) :lol:


February 15, 2014
Cassie Fambro

Study finds internet trolls suffer from personality disorder traits

If you get your enjoyment from tormenting others on the Internet, you may be exhibiting symptoms of personality disorders.

A research paper completed by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba with the help of two colleagues looked at how Internet trolls stack up against the Dark Tetrad.

The Dark Tetrad encompasses Machiavellianism, a willingness to manipulate and deceive others, narcissism, which is egotism and self-obsession, and psychopathy the lack of remorse and empathy and sadism, the pleasure in the suffering of others.

"Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures," according to the paper's abstract.

The conclusion of the paper inferred that cyber-trolling appears to be "an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism."

Also from the paper: "Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” they wrote. “Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground."

They also said that banning users doesn't necessarily discourage users, so solutions to trolling still need contemplation.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/02/study_finds_internet_trolls_su.html


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In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper understanding of scientific topics.

That’s bad, but it’s nothing compared with what a new psychology paper has to say about the personalities of trolls themselves. The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

It is hard to underplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.

In the study, trolls were identified in a variety of ways. One was by simply asking survey participants what they “enjoyed doing most” when on online comment sites, offering five options: “debating issues that are important to you,” “chatting with others,” “making new friends,” “trolling others,” and “other.” Here’s how different responses about these Internet commenting preferences matched up with responses to questions designed to identify Dark Tetrad traits.

To be sure, only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually specified that they enjoyed “trolling.” By contrast, 41.3 percent of Internet users were “non-commenters,” meaning they didn’t like engaging online at all. So trolls are, as has often been suspected, a minority of online commenters, and an even smaller minority of overall Internet users.

The researchers conducted multiple studies, using samples from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk but also of college students, to try to understand why the act of trolling seems to attract this type of personality. They even constructed their own survey instrument, which they dubbed the Global Assessment of Internet Trolling, or GAIT, containing the following items:

I have sent people to shock websites for the lulz.

I like to troll people in forums or the comments section of websites.

I enjoy griefing other players in multiplayer games.

The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt.

Yes, some people actually say they agree with such statements. And again, doing so was correlated with sadism in its various forms, with psychopathy, and with Machiavellianism. Overall, the authors found that the relationship between sadism and trolling was the strongest, and that indeed, sadists appear to troll because they find it pleasurable. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” they wrote. “Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!”

The study comes as websites, particularly at major media outlets, are increasingly weighing steps to rein in trollish behavior. Last year Popular Science did away with its comments sections completely, citing research on the deleterious effects of trolling, and YouTube also took measures to rein in trolling.

But study author Buckels actually isn’t sure that fix is a realistic one. “Because the behaviors are intrinsically motivating for sadists, comment moderators will likely have a difficult time curbing trolling with punishments (e.g., banning users),” she said by email. “Ultimately, the allure of trolling may be too strong for sadists, who presumably have limited opportunities to express their sadistic interests in a socially-desirable manner.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 12:43 am » by Slith


Interesting C.D.

I think it has more to do with an inferior personality complex than anything else. Big man behind a computer screen who's never kissed a girl. Makes em feel big
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 3:03 am » by OtheklzeR


Slith wrote:Interesting C.D.

I think it has more to do with an inferior personality complex than anything else. Big man behind a computer screen who's never kissed a girl. Makes em feel big



ONE PERSONS TROLL is another persons messiah
factual identification of a troll would be across a broad section
of chatters and bloggers.

I have been a troll to cults like mormons and joho's because
they are a pet subject of mine (christian cults)

trolling can stem from people like me who have bitter disputations

some trolling is in support of particular values , thier adherants and idologues
take to the net to protect the values of a particular bend as sacroscact.

the trolls here are in the artical are genuine across the board
haters, disruptors and loki's
I have a guess it is from a satisfaction to make everyone equaly misrable
in which they have some PSYCHOLOGICAL edipus in bringing to fruition
k?
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 5:29 am » by Cosmine


OtheklzeR wrote:
Slith wrote:Interesting C.D.

I think it has more to do with an inferior personality complex than anything else. Big man behind a computer screen who's never kissed a girl. Makes em feel big



ONE PERSONS TROLL is another persons messiah
factual identification of a troll would be across a broad section
of chatters and bloggers.

I have been a troll to cults like mormons and joho's because
they are a pet subject of mine (christian cults)

trolling can stem from people like me who have bitter disputations

some trolling is in support of particular values , thier adherants and idologues
take to the net to protect the values of a particular bend as sacroscact.

the trolls here are in the artical are genuine across the board
haters, disruptors and loki's
I have a guess it is from a satisfaction to make everyone equaly misrable
in which they have some PSYCHOLOGICAL edipus in bringing to fruition
k?
:hugging:





I'll like you..... you will replace mod Spock as my personal nemesis.... :D



My hell name is puff the Loki dragon.... :twisted:
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 5:51 am » by Tntbw


IMO, everyone suffers from some type of personality disorder. I have yet to meet the perfect person in my 45 years of life.

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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 5:52 am » by OtheklzeR


Cosmine wrote:
OtheklzeR wrote:
Slith wrote:Interesting C.D.

I think it has more to do with an inferior personality complex than anything else. Big man behind a computer screen who's never kissed a girl. Makes em feel big



ONE PERSONS TROLL is another persons messiah
factual identification of a troll would be across a broad section
of chatters and bloggers.

I have been a troll to cults like mormons and joho's because
they are a pet subject of mine (christian cults)

trolling can stem from people like me who have bitter disputations

some trolling is in support of particular values , thier adherants and idologues
take to the net to protect the values of a particular bend as sacroscact.

the trolls here are in the artical are genuine across the board
haters, disruptors and loki's
I have a guess it is from a satisfaction to make everyone equaly misrable
in which they have some PSYCHOLOGICAL edipus in bringing to fruition
k?
:hugging:





I'll like you..... you will replace mod Spock as my personal nemesis.... :D



My hell name is puff the Loki dragon.... :twisted:
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:cheers:





great I got a loki fanbox
greetings citizen loki

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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 4:28 pm » by Skydog


Tntbw wrote:IMO, everyone suffers from some type of personality disorder. I have yet to meet the perfect person in my 45 years of life.


Very good point Tntbw.(So good you got half a star for it!)congrats on your 500.Me neither and i'm of a similar age. :flop:
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 4:37 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


[quote="Tntbw" I have yet to meet the perfect person in my 45 years of life.[/quote]

Too true, however I would be perfect if I wasn't so modest... :mrgreen:
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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 5:09 pm » by Cosmine


Slith wrote:Interesting C.D.

I think it has more to do with an inferior personality complex than anything else. Big man behind a computer screen who's never kissed a girl. Makes em feel big





Or a big guy pretending to be a layman.....


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PostSun Feb 16, 2014 6:01 pm » by OtheklzeR


I haddent thought about a big guy pretending to be a layman
they would be my polar oppisite


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