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    TROLLS REALLY ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE - ARTICLE

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    TROLLS REALLY ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE - ARTICLE

    Post  Sykes on Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:54 am

    From another forum, thanks also for the comments.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html

    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 overplay 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:



    E.E. Buckels et al, "Trolls just want to have fun," Personality and Individual Differences, 2014.

    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.”
    Sadists? They must have come across that utterly repellent skankynymph hater that splatters its perversions all over #mccann.

    As for corruption - yes, we've all seen how obsessed they are with trolling Madeleine's Facebook page.  


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    Post  Sykes on Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:42 am

    An example of what the above article is saying:
    Sharon Strachan I managed to comment but its not what i said its what i implied i wonder if they have the brains or not to ban me ....... Yes people who troll GROUPS and pages are a waste of oxygen! im on a few different groups and you just KNOW when people are trolling under fake accounts! Tbh its hilarious in a way because they probably have families to look after yet sit trawling through groups and pages??! Do what i do, sit and laugh at them knowing their identities one day will be made public!

    Hoho ordered her numties to leave Madeleine's page alone as their attacks on it were causing complaints; looks like that one didn't get the message.


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    Post  Sykes on Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:14 am

    Internet trolls were today warned there was no hiding place from justice.

    They were told to expect arrest if they threatened or abused people on social media sites.

    Culture secretary Maria Miller said there was a ‘straightforward principle’ that rules which applied offline would also be applied online.

    ‘The internet isn’t a ‘‘Second Life’’,’ she said, ‘It isn’t something where different rules apply, where different behaviour is acceptable – it isn’t the wild west.’

    Addressing the Oxford Media Convention, she said: ‘Whether it is images of child abuse or terrorist material we will use the full force of the law, national and international, to take down that content and pursue the perpetrators.

    ‘If you vilely insulted, or threatened to attack someone in person on the street, you do so expecting to be arrested and charged. The same already applies on social media.’

    Referring to the recent jailing of a man and a woman who subjected feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez to online abuse, Ms Miller said ‘being online does not mean the law doesn’t apply to you’. She added: ‘Last year, 2,000 people were prosecuted for sending electronic communications that were grossly offensive or menacing.’

    Ms Miller told the audience ‘the veil of anonymity the internet provides may be valuable but does not give licence to insult, cheat or exploit.’

    Taking aim at illegal downloads, she added: ‘If you wanted to see a film or listen to a CD, you wouldn’t sneak into a shop and steal it off the shelf, so why do the online equivalent and download it illegally?

    ‘It’s about good citizenship… as well as what’s legal and what’s not.’
    http://metro.co.uk/2014/02/26/internet- ... e-4324660/


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