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Research examines motives of internet trolling

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As social media and other online networking sites have grown in usage, so too has trolling—an internet practice in which users intentionally seek to draw others into pointless and, at times, uncivil conversations.

New BYU research recently published in the journal of Social Media and Society sheds light on the motives and personality characteristics of internet trolls.

Through an online survey completed by over 400 Reddit users, the study found that individuals with dark triad personality traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy) combined with schadenfreude—a German word meaning that one derives pleasure from another's misfortune—were more likely to demonstrate trolling behaviors.

https://phys.org/news/2021-06-internet-trolling.html

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20563051211021382

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Scholar4Truth

In my experience people who troll do so because they are bored. That or their life is soo miserable they feel the need to make everyone else's miserable as well. 

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Michelle

Sounds about right. Misery loves company.

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