Internet Troll Study Findings: Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic.


Internet Troll Study Findings: Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic.

ITTM: Send love to those who need it most… a troll obviously is a weak human being seeking power of others… science has proven what we already know. :)


I have sent people to shock websites for the lulz.

I like to troll people in forums or the comments section of websites.

I enjoy griefing other players in multiplayer games.

The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt.

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).

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.


3 thoughts on “Internet Troll Study Findings: Narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic.

    1. You’re flooding the comment registry with spam. Can you limit your bulk reblogging to once a month or once a week? These redundant reblog notices are deleting creative content from the comment registry of people who are putting a lot of work into their comments. And who don’t appreciate your pushing them off the comment registry at an accelerated pace with all of these reblog notices so that visitors to this blog have a lot tougher time finding the comments that they come to see along with the articles posted by the blog proprietor.

      This is a classic troll tactic by people who don’t like or are paid to suppress the truth by posting redundant material to bury the truth with a lot of useless material.

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