Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People - Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, & sadistic

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by cheryl, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People - Slate

    Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic.

    In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper understanding of scientific topics.

    That’s bad, but it’s nothing compared with what a new psychology paper has to say about the personalities of trolls themselves. The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).
  2. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    If only they could see themselves so clearly..
  3. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Sometimes psychology gives too much credit to phenomena. I think this is just such a case. Some peoe are just A-holes. Can't we leave it at that?
  4. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    You called?
  5. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    You probably see the truer person on message boards than in person. In person people put masks on and don't speak who they actually are, where on the internet, they think they are anonymous and reveal their truer selves.
  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    OK ... I know what you are but what am I? :devil3:
  7. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    shall we take a poll of BC regulars? No, I thought not.;)
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  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Never mind!
  9. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Makes this adventure on BC question which of the four categories each of us is slotted.

    I want to know more about those of us whom don't want to join Facebook to like something.
  10. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    It seems this thread would get a lot more views/comments if it were placed elsewhere - lol
  11. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    I agree, Ginger.
    Sometimes people don't like to look in mirror because they may see themselves for what they truly appear to be to others.

    Maybe what Cheryl posted is too much of a mirror for others to gaze upon and with her vast experience hosting forums such as BC, she developed an instinct which guided her to post it here....?

    Earlier today, I changed my avatar and after awhile, it really freaked me out. I wanted to have fun with Dizzee looking at me thru a window, I discovered I have become my avatar and can't post properly as myself without it.
  12. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    NO Facebook for me .
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  13. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

  14. ChickenLegs

    ChickenLegs Safety Expert

  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I am on primarily so I can keep in touch with the kids. My son is very active----641 friends----while my daughter is a sporadic user with "only" 155 friends. David is going to Southeast Asia for 2 weeks in March (school related) and I am looking forward to his updates on fb.
  16. roadrunner2012

    roadrunner2012 Four hours in the mod queue for a news link Troll

    A couple of take away points from the linked articles:

    It is hard to underplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.

    They're predominantly climate deniers, and they start in immediately arguing over the content and attacking the science—sometimes by slinging insults and even occasional obscenities.
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  17. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Wrong thread?

    Regardless, this is the funniest post of the week.
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  18. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    I was a late in coming to the game of Facebook. I used to do myspace way back when, but it was just fun. Posting funny pics & music and I could use a fake name.

    Then the dawn of FB came about and I got ridiculed by my sister for being "old" and for always going against the popular and cool (sure) stuff. I even fought texting for a long long time.

    People say it's to keep in touch with old school mates, new friends, etc. The reason I fought social media for so long was because I left my little town for a reason…I didn't care to keep in touch with those people. The people I care to keep in contact with, I do.

    I look at FB as a bit of a joke. Most stuff is just damn entertaining. People post things that make me laugh or just laugh at them. Most of the time I just let people put whatever they want on my page. Have at it, enjoy.
  19. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    In honor of an old member…

    can we get a confused or WTF icon? lol
  20. roadrunner2012

    roadrunner2012 Four hours in the mod queue for a news link Troll

    I guess neither one of you bothered to read the linked articles from Cheryl's post. Just in case you can't bother to re-read the original article, this was the first link in it: