Internet Trolls Called Sadists Says Study

 Internet Trolls Called Sadists Says Study

A new research study has come out and states that Internet trolls are actually sadists. Over the past several years their behavior has been analyzed and in 2013 it was learned that by flinging insults and causing conflict where there were online sections for comments, Internet trolls have a separating effect on other people by leaving their written opinions. This can lead to consciousness rising, instead of deeper understanding of topics.

This might be bad, but it is nothing when compared to new psychology research which states ideas about the temperaments of trolls themselves. The research, which was directed by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two associates, wanted to directly see if individuals who take part in trolling are characterized by behavior traits that are located in what is known as the Dark Tetrad. They are the willingness to deceive people (Machiavellianism), having obsession of self and egotism (narcissism), not having any empathy or remorse (psychopathy) and also experiencing pleasure when others are suffering (sadism).

Such results are extremely hard to downplay. The study showed connections, sometimes very strong, between these personalities and trolling conduct. It also seemed to discover a relationship among all the Dark Tetrad features except for narcissism and the total time that a person spent taking time to remark on subjects on the Internet every day.

Through the research, trolls were recognized in numerous ways. One was by basically asking the survey members what they liked to do most when on comment sites that were online. There were five various choices offered which were: debating topics that are important”, “talking with others”, “finding new friends”, “being a troll to others” and “other”. The various responses about the Internet preferences ended up matching with responses to questions that fit with Dark Tetrad behaviors.

To be fair, it was just under six percent of respondents who really admitted that they liked “trolling”. In contrast however, nearly 42 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.

Overall, the authors found that the relationship between trolling and sadism was the strongest, and that sadists enjoy wanting to troll because they find it satisfying. Trolls and sadists both get pleasure out of causing others distress, stated Buckels. Sadists want to have fun and think the Internet is some kind of trolling play area.

The research study comes just as websites are starting to take stronger steps to control trolling behavior. Numerous websites have even decided to do away with comments sections on their sites completely, because of the trouble of trolling. However Buckels actually does not think that decision is one that will end up helping much.

Most of the time, behaviors are fundamentally appealing for sadists, so just doing away with comment sections will likely not have much of an effect with trolling. Sadists most likely will just find another website to go to because the desire to troll is too much for sadists to control. It is most likely they also have restricted chances to express their trolling interests anywhere except the Internet. Yes there have actually been studies done on the behavior of Internet trolls and some truly surprising news was discovered about them.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

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