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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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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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Sounds about right. Misery loves company.

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I thought this was talking about the internet police for a moment. :rofl:

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In Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon, the story of the murder of a samurai is told from several different viewpoints and each account of the event is different and even contradictory. In real life as in cinema, the Rashomon Effect describes how events can be recalled in contradictory ways by well-meaning but ultimately subjective witnesses. In this short TED-Ed video, the Rashomon Effect and its implications are explained and explored. (via open culture)

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https://kottke.org/21/06/the-rashomon-effect

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Matter of Perspective -- now who where the trolls? , a bit of humor.

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I think it's vital that everybody educate themselves when it comes to this topic.

Online moderators have a big responsibility to educate themselves so they can protect people.

I always feel sorry for people who get harassed online for no other reason than having their own individual opinion about something.

 

 

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