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Trolls just want to have fun

Personality and Individual Differences, 08/02/2014


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Resource IDbuckels2014
Resource titleTrolls just want to have fun
Author(s)Erin E. Buckels, Paul D. Trapnell, Delroy L. Paulhus
Publication/ sourcePersonality and Individual Differences
Date published08/02/2014
Summary text/ abstractIn two online studies (total N = 1215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles. Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures. Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.
Library categoriesHacktivism, Neo-Luddism, Politics
Added to Free Range Library07/04/2014
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