Sport to some, digital bullying to others – whether you abide online trolling or find the inflammatory, sometimes cruel, practice repulsive – the Internet’s myriad disparate troll armies are apparently here to stay.
Seeding malcontent, disputation, division, needless provocation, and, often, chaos, trolls merit their characterization by the hordes as the bane of the Internet.
But, upon examining the psychology of these ruthless keyboard provocateurs, their likely detriment to civil discourse – already evinced in the mimicry of youth – sounds a warning not to be ignored.
Trolls, researchers found, possess a worrisome psychologic profile, laced with psychopathy and sadism, as well as a dearth in empathy – all of which they employ in online manipulation to sow mayhem, an ultimate reward for their mischief.
Researchers at Federation University in Australia queried 415 participants, approximately two-thirds of them female, with a median age of 23, to determine their levels of psychopathy, sadism, and empathy – such as gauging trolls’ agreement with the statement, ‘People would enjoy hurting others if they gave it a go.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 10, 2017.