What makes an internet troll loves to hurt others online?
The internet is a hub of communication. Through online communities, the world becomes smaller. People are closer than ever.
But, this communication comfort does not come without a price. Like in the traditional world, the internet is not free from the antagonist people.
Every day, many people stay online just to bust social media users. They love to see others get angry and devastated by posting undesirable comments.
Have you been the subject of ridiculous or inflammatory comments online? If so, then you are one of the troll victims.
An internet troll is a person who always finds quarrel in the online world by giving off-topic comments. Internet trolls disrupt conversations in newsgroup, chat-room, blog, or forum.
But what makes an internet troll practice such disturbing behavior?
This question bothered Canadian researchers. They conducted two online studies by distributing personality tests to more than a thousand people.
The researchers wanted to determine whether or not internet trolling is associated with the “Dark Tetrad” of personality: narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and sadism.
The researchers found that internet trolling is associated with the “Dark Tetrad” scores. The participants who enjoy internet trolling tend to have higher scores on a personality test that measures the negative personality traits.
In other words, an internet troll finds excitement when s/he is able to inflict pain on others – the sadist behavior.
Internet trolls tend to exploit every opportunity to make others feel bad. And most of the time they succeed. This is the reason why the number of people being bullied online is increasing.
The authors concluded that:
“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 next time you encounter an internet troll, try to remember that s/he is a difficult person. You will not win. Dealing with this type of individual is not worthy of your time. You better preserve your emotional state intact.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.