Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths and Sadists – Canadian study proves it
In this month’s issue of Personality and Individual Differences, a study was published (link is external) 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, in fact, 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? Some Canadian researchers decided to find out.
They conducted two online studies with over 1,200 people, giving 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 traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism.
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, see this figure from the paper:
Look at how low the Dark Tetrad scores are for everyone except the trolls! Their scores for all four traits soar on the chart. The relationship between trolling and the Dark Tetrad is so significant that the authors write 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!”
The next time you encounter a troll online, remember:
These trolls are some truly difficult people.
It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them.
Buckels, Erin E., Paul D. Trapnell, and Delroy L. Paulhus. “Trolls just want to have fun.” Personality and Individual Differences67 (2014): 97-102.
Narcissism 101: “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun”
I know they say “don’t feed the trolls”. However I am aware of who my troll is, and he has tried for over a decade to do terrible damage to our family.
I sorted it out in this video for anyone who is interested that knows us.
He attempts to turn it around and claim that I am trolling him. Oh boy. So I responded here; My Social Media Account * None are anonymous (except once when I did a satire video, but I clearly made sure people knew it was me, doing satire, and I was not attempting to be a coward and actually troll someone, I was just mocking my troll)
And I have really wasted too much time with this. So I am done, and I have said all that I have to say about the troll.
Interestingly enough, this is something that I don’t see on other people’s criminal records, is that many of his crimes have been “sealed by the court”. Hmmmm?
He goes around saying “this person picks on my because they are a narcissist” and “this person picks on me, because…”. About many people. This has gone on since he was in grade school. However, it looks like instead of being the victim, after looking at his criminal record, he is the perpetrator.
I think what gives me the most pause is when he brings up the Bible and says “You should just turn the other cheek”.
This is what the Bible says about an unrepentant brother; and in this video I publicly accepted his offer to fight me (it was a few days later that he sent his step daddy over to fight);
- Multiple counts of phone harassment
- Multiple counts of terroristic threats
- Mulitple counts of “false accusations”
- Aggrevated assault (meaning this guy was too much of a pussy to fight with his fists, and used a weapon)
- All kinds of theft and other shit. Why does that matter? Because points 1 through 4 are tell tale signs of trollish behavior. I believe that person acts much like you do. In fact that person might even be you. Decide for yourself. This is the place where I posted all of the PUBLIC INFORMATION from the police reports. https://opinions.clovisstar.com/trolls
This is the information that incident: https://opinions.clovisstar.com/public-complaint-against-officer-tyler-evans/