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The Psychology of an Internet Troll

TROLLS best! are the @violentacrez that is not the truth. Suicide Baiting PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPAIRMENTS study showed that when someone threatened to jump from a high building they were encouraged to do so by bystanders. PEOPLE WERE MORE LIKELY TO JUMP, IF... of the average troll: They were part of a large crowd. factors that allowed the They were above the 7th floor. observers to lose their own individuality. It was dark outside. DEINDIVIDUATION when we reduce our sense of our own identity we are less likely to stick to social norms. Social Psychologist Psychologically, we are "distant" from the person we're talking to and less focused on our own identity in an e-mail. WANNA KNOW HOWI GOT THESE SCARS? As a result we're more prone to aggressive behaviour. Nicholas Epley #cut4bieber Brought to you by Troll DutchMinati is an example of this - the social experimenting troll. #CUTFORBEIBER DISSOCIATIVE ANONYMITY You don't know me! HA! HA! Simple Anonymity • Provides a sense of protection I'M USING • Allows the user to move about without any kind of indication of identity or even distinguishing characteristics othér than potentially a username. THE INTERNET!!!1 Allows for misrepresentation of a person's true self • However, even if one's identity is known and anonymity is removed from the equation, P the inability to physically see the person on the other end causes one's inhibitions to be lowered. Teresa Giudice Even when comments were attached Did you miss Milania on the most recent episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey?" to people's names with their Facebook accounts, people still felt free enough to post mean comments. Like Comment 19 minutes ago 2 Eric Lambert gross, not cute at all! 18 minutes ago Like The Real Housewives of New Jersey Facebook page's hateful comments about Milania Jenn Duivenvoorde I think she needs a brow wax! 16 minutes ago Like Blackie Gandy I don't like them bugged eyed mosquito flies 14 minutes ago Like Guidice, the five-year-old daughter of a Real Housewives cast member. Jana Bellar MCElhaney Not a cute kid at all poor thing 11 minutes ago Like Walter Remick I feel bad for the kid, she has her mother's hairline. 8 minutes ago Like 56 YEARS OLD Linda L Goolsby there is nothing cute about her, she is ugly inside and out. she has the worst mother and father there ever is. 5 minutes ago Like Grandmother of 7 Justice Peace The ugly little evil abusive strange looking troll.. 2 minutes ago Like Write a comment... ASYNCHRONICITY "See you later. LOL" • It's easier for someone to "throw their opinions out" and then leave In this way, the person achieves catharsis by "voicing" their feelings, even if the audience is just as invisible. conversations do not happen in real time. • A person can make a single post that might be considered very personal, emotionally charged, or inflammatory and then "run away" Dr. David Solly at University of the Rockies, a graduate school specializing in social and behavioral sciences, says complaining -- be it on the Web or alone in front of a mirror -- releases chemicals in the brain and body helping us to counteract stress and feel physically better. NO EXCUSES! (the bitching troll) the asynchronous nature of the Internet also allows a person to choose their words carefully. It also tends to make us feel better emotionally because we feel we're more in control of our circumstances. IT'S ALL IN MY HEAD Whatcha doin? SOLIPSISTIC INTROJECTION creation of a stalking troll. • Lacking any kind of visual face-to-face cues, the human mind will assign characteristics and traits to a "person" in interactions on the internet. • Solipsistic introjection can help individuals bond or identify with others in a given community. w ww • The mind will associate traits to a user according to our own desires, needs, and wishes - traits that the real person might not actually have. • Allows fantasies to be played out in the mind (the stalker troll) DISSOCIATIVE IMAGINATION It's just a game/ I don't know you •A feeling of escapism is produced a way to throw off mundane concerns to address a specific need without having to worry about consequences. "People may see cyberspace as a kind of game where the normal rules of everyday interaction don't apply to them." Emily Finch a criminal lawyer studying identity theft in cyberspace Student Experimenter A famous 1960s-era study found that people were willing to administer an electric shock to a person they couldn't see, even if they knew it was causing them serious pain. Teacher MILGRAM EXPERIMENT Later replications of Milgram's studies found that his conclusion was less likely to be true if people identified more strongly with the student receiving the shocks. Stanley Milgram Yale University psychologist • when humans are faced with guesswork and ambiguity, they often perceive it as threatening "I'm a boringly nice person IRL." Michael Butsch (aka Violent Acrez) of Reddit Infamy MINIMIZING AUTHORITY You're Not So Great Yourself • Lack of hierarchy causes changes in interactions with others. • Oppositional Defiance Disorder affects 20% • If people can't see the user, others have no way to know if the user is an on-duty police officer, head of state, or some kind of "ordinary" person hanging out in their den on their computer. 16 of the general public in the U.K. People can be reluctant to speak their minds in front of an authority figure, but that fear is removed online schoolage children in the U.S. • Must have the last word (the professorial, know-it-all troll) NARCISSISM I speak for you • People with extreme views who are extremely loud about them manage to • Study with Stanford University students showed that students who thought they spoke for the majority expressed their opinions more readily. • Trolls not in this category won't care if they're majority opinion or not. (the self-righteous troll) delude themselves into thinking everybody agrees. • Text-based messages are inherently more ambiguous LOST IN TRANSLATION • One man's joke is another man's insult (the obnoxious class clown troll) Miscommunication common David Thorn Tried to pay a bill with pictures of Spider How to Psych Out Your Troll In order to establish a rigorous study of trolls, University of Central Lancashire lecturer studied NINE YEARS WORTH OF UNMODERATED In summarizing the behavioral patterns Hardaker wrote: COMMENTS TROLLING CAN Claire Hardaker 172 MILLION WORDS from a forum about horses. succeed if users are deceived into believing the troller's pseudo-intention(s), and are provoked into responding sincerely. be frustrated if users correctly interpret an intent to troll, but are not provoked into respond- be thwarted if users correctly interpret an intent to troll, but counter in such a way as to cur- tail or neutralise the success of the trolled. USERS CAN MOCK TROLL. That is, they may undertake what appears to be trolling with the aim of enhancing or increasing effect, or group cohesion." fail if users correctly interpret an intent to troll, and are not provoked by the troller. Sources: presented by: effect DEVELOPED BY trolls the psychology behind the rants.html N NOWSOURCING

The Psychology of an Internet Troll

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