The Mercury News/Bay Area News Group/Lisa M. Krieger/Science Writer, 2/8/17. "Why good people become bad online trolls."
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|It's more than a "bad mood" for green troll.|
It’s widely assumed that Internet 'trolls' are different from the rest of us. Conventional wisdom holds that they’re innately sociopathic individuals whose taunting, derogatory or provocative internet posts disrupt cordial discussion.
But new research, published as part of the upcoming 2017 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, reaches a different conclusion: Under the right circumstances, anyone — even ordinary, good people — can become a troll, changing their online behavior in radical ways. 'It’s not some idiot on the other side of the keyboard,' said Michael Bernstein, professor of computer science at Stanford and co-author of the paper. 'It is probably someone like you, who’s having a bad day'." ” Read more.
Related, prior research articles. Psychology Today/Jennifer Golbeck, Ph.D.9/18/14, "Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response." "In this month's issue of Personality and Individual Differences, a study was published that confirms what we all suspected: Internet trolls are horrible people. Let's start by getting our definitions straight: An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved."
Why? Alternet/Media/Kali Holloway, 9/22/16,"Internet Trolls Explain Why They Do What They Do. Their reasons are not always what you would expect." "An estimated 5.6 percent of people self-identify as online trolls, according to a recent survey. .... It can be tricky to talk about trolling, if only because the word has become a catchall for online behaviors that differ so wildly as to be wholly incomparable. Trolling used be playful but annoying, a sort of virtual, comedic performance art with the end goal of getting under the skin of a selected online audience."
Troll variations, and similarities. Lifewire/Elise Moreau, 11/1/16, "10 Types of Internet Trolls You'll Meet Online. Haters gonna hate, trolls gonna troll." "Regardless of where you'll find Internet trolls lurking, they all tend to disrupt communities in very similar (and often predictable) ways." Kataku.com/Patricia Hernandez, 8/7/15, "10 Former Internet Trolls Explain Why They Quit Being Jerks." .... "Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve collected stories from people who have, at some point during their lives, been trolls. ... In their own words, these reformed trolls tell us about their past exploits—and explain why they gave up the troll life."
Note graphics. Red/blue hair from GenNeal, iStock on Salon, 10/20/14, "Over one-quarter of Americans own up to Internet troll behavior." Green internet troll from eClosure, ... ..."Unfortunately the power of anonymity is a strong determinant to the amount of trolling one commits. ..."
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