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"Two studies published in 2013 and 2014 have found that people who are identified as trolls tend to have dark personality traits and show signs of sadism, antisocial behavior,psychopathy, and machiavellianism."Do not give into trolls or respond to them. They are deeply disturbed people mentally and emotionally, and 'feeding' them will only further their bad habits. If you have ever trolled for over two months, you know who you are, and you should know that your issues go deeper than just playing useless power games on the internet and you should seek therapy."The 2013 study found that trolls often have a high expectation of what it means to be successful, which is higher than they are able to attain, and this results in them resenting others who think they are successful but who fall below their standards."Entitlement.
@ChrisPayneAll trolls are definitely emotionally immature, but I doubt all of them are sociopaths/sadists. I definitely know one troll who is very immature, nasty and probably has some sort of personality disorder, but not all. It depends on what level.A lot of trolling is simply harmless. On Youtube, if someone asks "What's this song called?" People reply with "Darude-Sandstorm" as a form of trolling. I honestly doubt that this would be considered psychopsthic.I read a study listing forms of trolling. There was forum trolling, griefing other people's worlds in online video games and "the more pure something is, the better it is to destroy".The last one and the one before it do indicate some kind of sadistic behaviours, such as destroying the work of another, usually a beautiful or pure art. Sadist? On some level. However, forum trolling is usually a form of immaturity and attention seeking.Here's an interesting video on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI4A9NPcbusAlso, if I may ask, is there any particular reason why you're bringing this issue up? All trolling activity has ceased on this site, or so I know.I also will add that the trolling done on this site was harmless and, really, not really too big of an issue. Yes, it wasn't nice and it did upset some people, but it's not that any physical harm was done, and people such as myself did apologise, and meant it. While it was unnesscary, the majority of people will forget about it in a couple of days. Posting this was only keeping their memories alive. When I apologised, someone said to me "This is just fanfiction after all, you've had your fun, now it's time to move on", which I whole heartedly agree with.
I thought this was interesting. Yes, like Devil's Angel said, most trolling is harmless on here especially. But I think that ChrisPayne is simply raising awareness of the trollers that go deeper than just harmless. Because there have been trollers that are just out to cyber bully, and even though they can't actually see the effect (other than what they victim replies with), it still hurts them, and leaves them replaying the comment for the rest of the day at best. Some go too far, luckily I don't think I've seen it that bad on here for a long time :)
When I was very active on this site, trolls were abundant and plenty xD I'm glad to see that this site has a peaceful and cool forum area, and not the battlefield in was several months ago :-)But very interesting insight on trolling and trolls!