Internet trolls will do whatever it takes to get a response out of their target. And in doing that they would distort the truth by exaggerating, telling outright lies, being insulting and abusive.
A scientific research that was published in a magazine called Personality and Individual Differences, has suggested what was long seen as popular opinion that internet trolls were, in fact, terrible people.
Now, it is important that we begin to understand what a troll means. A troll – especially one on the internet, is someone who enters discussions online for the sole purpose of disrupting the conversation or abusing other participants of the discussion. Most times we find out that these comments are often times meaningless and lack any form of intelligence in them. In fact, There comments exist to trigger a response.
Since this has become preeminent in our digital and social conversations, some Canadian scientists have decided to understand the psychic behind such behavior and the type of person who would spew hate behind the keyboard.
They decided to conduct two comprehensive online pieces of research that involved over 1200 volunteers, to find out the root cause of this problem. They gave each of them a personality test that included a series of questions that seek to understand how and why they comment the way they do online. This was done to find a link between personality traits such as sadism, narcissism and psychopathy and internet trolling.
And they discovered that those who score very high in traits of narcissism, psychopathy and sadistic behavior, were the very same people who thought that internet trolling was their best activity. You have to understand that the results of this scientific study were stunningly accurate.
Can you see how high the personality scores of sadists are when compared to everyone else! The scores for these dark traits are sky high compared to what you would refer to as normal human beings. In fact, this result was so accurate that scientists who conduct this research said that
“… 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]
See it is obvious that internet trolls are only after one thing and that takes your peace away. They want you sad and unhappy. What gives them glee is to see you suffer. The authors of this survey say “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 it is important to remember that these people are not out for your well being. They want to inflict some kind of a pain in you – psychologically and emotionally. So when next you encounter these people online, know that your anger and replies fuel their lust for negativity. Some feed them, ignore them and by doing so starve them if their disgusting delight.