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Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by Mouth, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. In this month's issue of Personality and Individual Differences,a study was published that confirms what we all suspected: internet trolls are horrible people.

    Let's start by getting our definitions straight. An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

    What kind of person would do this?

    Canadian researchers decided to find out. They conducted two internet studies with over 1,200 people. They gave personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their internet commenting behavior. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the Dark Tetrad of personality:narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadistic personality.

    They found that Dark Tetrad scores were highest among people who said trolling was their favorite internet activity. To get an idea of how much more prevalent these traits were among internet trolls, check out this figure from the paper:

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    Look at how low the scores are for everyone except the internet trolls! Their scores for all four terrible personality traits soar on the chart. The relationship between this Dark Tetrad and trolling is so significant, that the authors write the following in their paper:

    "... the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists." [emphasis added]

    Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article):

    "Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!"

    So next time you encounter a troll online, remember a few things. (1) These trolls are some truly messed up people and (2) it is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them.

    References

    Buckels, Erin E., Paul D. Trapnell, and Delroy L. Paulhus. "Trolls just want to have fun." Personality and Individual Differences67 (2014): 97-102.



    Ref: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...rolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists
     
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  2. Trolls have dropped off a lot here in recent times. I haven't seen a clever one for a while.
     
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  3. did blabbs delete his account or did you guys delete it for him?
     
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  4. so there's a lot of Collingwood supporters on the web
     
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  5. Fvck off jeffco, you narcassistic psychopath!!
     
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  6. Oh shit! I think @Mouth@Mouth is onto me! :roflmao:
     
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  7. He did it on his own accord not long after I spoke to him.

    Trolls don't last when justice awaits.

    Justus.
     
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  8. True but I think the "locals" spot them pretty quick as well.
     
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  9. Most of the trolls here are mods nowadays. Discuss.
     
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  10. #10 Mcsenna, Sep 23, 2014
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    Haha, this thread is bringing them all in :ROFLMAO:

    Wait for it there's still a couple who haven't arrived yet......

    oh all right have it your way then.
    I'm not sure how you expected me to know that from your one line post by the way J.
     
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  11. I had a go at being a troll once, but a big gruff billy goat knocked some sense into me.
     
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  12. Meh! I rest my case. :p
     
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  13. Nothing to do with spotting em quickly - was referring "locals" rather than FOB's eg q1w2e3rd, blabbs, dgemeister, bad_01, contentious, bad and monkeyman to name a few of many.



    Justus.
     
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  14. I think AFL is a girl sport
     
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  15. Ok, good attendance, now who's missing ?
     
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  16. Aren't Trolls the same Oxygen Thieves that abuse you from the safety of their car?

    The real dumb ones do it whilst travelling the same direction as you so when you filter to meet up with them & give them a little *knock knock knock* on their window...they're the best friend you ever had!!
     
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  17. An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

    No what makes a troll a troll is their pathological need to do it all the time
     
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  18. Basically anyone with a post count > say 2000?
     
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