Internet Trolls Explained by Science

According to new research found on the YouTube channel of AsapSCIENCE, internet trolls are real thing, and there are some scientific explanations for their behavior. Of course, if you’ve spent much time watching YouTube videos, or reading the comments section of internet articles, you know that trolls are a real thing.

The research shows that slightly more than 5% of internet users have some trolling tendencies. Individuals who self-identify or are found to be trolls have some specific character traits, including psychopathy, narcissism and sadism. In the words of the researchers, the most sinister element of trolling is that those with sadistic tendencies enjoy inflicting pain on others.

A final observation – internet trolls are good at trolling. Trolls tend to post more often and get more replies to their posts. The best course of action is to ignore the trolls entirely.

 

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