Online trolls really ARE horrible people, researchers find


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    Online trolls really ARE horrible people, researchers find

    Post  Sykes on Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:48 pm

    Doesn't this make one think of the McCann-haters?


    Online trolls really ARE horrible people: Researchers find they are narcissistic, machiavellian, psychopathic and sadistic
    Researchers say personalities of trolls are Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic
    Researchers say trolls enjoy their behaviour
    Developed test to spot trolls
    PUBLISHED: 23:44, 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:34, 15 February 2014
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    Online trolls have serious personality issues such as Machiavellianism, one of the biggest studies into trolling has found.
    Researchers say that online commenters display traits that are Narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic and the worse the problems, the longer the person spent online.
    They found the most common trait was to exhibit sadistic behaviour.

    To identify the trolls, researchers even developed a simple online test

    'Respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles,' the team at the University of Manitoba said.
    Their research was, conducted by Erin Buckels and two colleagues.
    They define online trolling as 'the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet with no apparent instrumental purpose.'
    The researchers say: 'Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures,' they said.
    They said the trolls displayed what is known as the 'Dark Tetrad' of personality in two tests developed.
    'Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores.

    'Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior.
    'Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism.
    'Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.'
    Two tests were developed.
    One asked 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.'
    It found only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually enjoyed 'trolling.'
    'Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,' the team wrote.
    'Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!'

    Researchers constructed the the Global Assessment of Internet Trolling, or GAIT, containing the following items that trolls were found to agree with:
    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.

    Just think of the glee with which the numties troll Madeleine's FB page, or the ugly, clumsy photoshopping they so delight in.

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    Re: Online trolls really ARE horrible people, researchers find

    Post  Broho on Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:08 pm

    They don't think it applies to them. It's everyone else.
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    Re: Online trolls really ARE horrible people, researchers find

    Post  Rachel Granada on Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:14 pm

    Broho wrote:They don't think it applies to them.  It's everyone else.  

    Very true Broho.

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