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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.





http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html


Trolls are bad people IRL too. Does this seem accurate?
#2
shocker.... have read the youtube comments last 4 years? or played any moderate competitive game?

though I have to say I think all the regular trolls in the pit are a nice bunch of people.
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#3
I'd agree on this, people I know that have done this with me online are people that I generally think are dicks in person too, not surprised at all
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I don't have access to the actual article but I'm assuming that the 5 percent of intro to psych students who actually self-identified as internet trolls were both not a representative sample of actual internet trolls and are not likely to respond honestly since they're, ya know, trolls.
#5
Not true, I trolled a few people last night with my Half Life thread.

What about tom fucckary? Surely, there has to be something said about small timers.

Then again...
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I don't agree with it
To be sure, only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually specified that they enjoyed “trolling.”


That's a troll. Someone deliberately saying/doing things specifically for the negative reaction, they often don't even buy into what they are saying, they're just stirring things up.

An asshole spouting a detestable opinion is not necessarily a troll. They may actually believe what they are saying.

The study doesn't differentiate from a "troll" and someone whose opinion is actually what they claim and that skews the results.
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I don't agree with it

That's a troll. Someone deliberately saying/doing things specifically for the negative reaction, they often don't even buy into what they are saying, they're just stirring things up.

An asshole spouting a detestable opinion is not necessarily a troll. They may actually believe what they are saying.

The study doesn't differentiate from a "troll" and someone whose opinion is actually what they claim and that skews the results.

The study is flawed, but not for the reasons you think it is.

The study asks people whether they troll, as defined by the participants themselves. It doesn't analyse the content of their comments on websites or anything like that. It just relies on self-reported trolling behaviour and correlates it with psychometric measures of personality disorder.

The study is problematic because it does not define what "trolling" entails. Everything from ribbing your friend and rickrolling to posting flashing gifs on epilepsy forums falls under the term.
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Going on to a forum or youtube and calling people ******s or starting fights isn't trolling.

Now, going on to a forum for depressed people and causing one to kill themselves, that takes skill, and I commend anyone who can do that.

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The study is problematic because it does not define what "trolling" entails. Everything from ribbing your friend and rickrolling to posting flashing gifs on epilepsy forums falls under the term.

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I don't have access to the actual article but I'm assuming that the 5 percent of intro to psych students who actually self-identified as internet trolls were both not a representative sample of actual internet trolls and are not likely to respond honestly since they're, ya know, trolls.

Doesn't matter anymore. I have now seen it on the internet therefore it is now 100% truth.
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I don't have access to the actual article but I'm assuming that the 5 percent of intro to psych students who actually self-identified as internet trolls were both not a representative sample of actual internet trolls and are not likely to respond honestly since they're, ya know, trolls.


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Trolls are bad people IRL too. Does this seem accurate?
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#18
Just like most things, though, I think there are varying degrees of trolling. I think the "dark tetrad" or whatever it's called is referring to only the worst of the worst.


What I mean to say is I just want Shadow to like me ;_;
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Just like most things, though, I think there are varying degrees of trolling. I think the "dark tetrad" or whatever it's called is referring to only the worst of the worst.


What I mean to say is I just want Shadow to like me ;_;


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Guess I'm a terrible person then


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are not likely to respond honestly since they're, ya know, trolls.

best response ever
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So that graph is telling us that to be a nice person we must not comment on anything.
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I don't have access to the actual article but I'm assuming that the 5 percent of intro to psych students who actually self-identified as internet trolls were both not a representative sample of actual internet trolls and are not likely to respond honestly since they're, ya know, trolls.

and thats what we call a variable, yo
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ITT: people who knowingly troll and are obnoxious attack statistic validity of the paper
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lolmnt is cool though, right?
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One was by simply asking survey participants what they “enjoyed doing most” when on online comment sites, offering five options: “debating issues that are important to you,” “chatting with others,” “making new friends,” “trolling others,” and “other.” Here’s how different responses about these Internet commenting preferences matched up with responses to questions designed to identify Dark Tetrad traits:



To be fair... giving the troll answer is exactly what trolls would do. Not sure about the validity, could be valid, could not be.
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I'm not sure anyone on the internet is a good person. Think about it: we wouldn't be here if people liked us.
#31
Why are concluding that psychopathy, narcissism, machiavellianism, or sadistic tendencies are negative character traits? Pretty judgmental.

Makes sense though since its coming from such a beta.
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The data was inconclusive.
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Ok, in my definition, an asshole is a person who get pleasure out of other people's pain, and they are the ones who cause that pain.

Trolls=assholes.. Trolling is a waste of our lives; if you troll, you're an asshole, or at least have some asshole in you.

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Ok, in my definition, an asshole is a person who get pleasure out of other people's pain, and they are the ones who cause that pain.

Trolls=assholes.. Trolling is a waste of our lives; if you troll, you're an asshole, or at least have some asshole in you.

/thread

I have an asshole. am I a troll?
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I have an asshole. am I a troll?

YOU have to ask if you're a troll?
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YOU have to ask if you're a troll?

I was unsure if I am an asshole.
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Honestly I think this study is pretty accurate. Think about it fellas.

Trolls troll to troll trolls in trolling troll to troll. If a troll has a troll to troll with or by, doesn't said troll have to troll in order to be a troll?
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