Science Confirms: Trolls Are Jerks

At least, that’s what Slate is reporting. Here are the money quotes:

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).

And …

But study author Buckels actually isn’t sure that fix is a realistic one. “Because the behaviors are intrinsically motivating for sadists, comment moderators will likely have a difficult time curbing trolling with punishments (e.g., banning users),” she said by email. “Ultimately, the allure of trolling may be too strong for sadists, who presumably have limited opportunities to express their sadistic interests in a socially-desirable manner.”

Well, that certainly agrees with my experience on the Interwebz.

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5 thoughts on “Science Confirms: Trolls Are Jerks


    • that should have been four. Cabin Boy, in my opinion, has some serious personality defects that have nothing to do with his PD. I’ll bet if you talked to his childhood friends, if he had any, they would tell you they say it in him early in life.

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