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  • dbtunr dbtunr Feb 11, 2014 4:38 PM Flag

    CNN article on internet trolls

    Survey: Online trolls are 'everyday sadists'

    By Doug Gross, CNN
    updated 11:19 AM EST, Tue February 11, 2014 | Filed under: Web

    (CNN) -- If you've ever complained that the trolls junking up online comment sections are a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, you might be onto something.

    An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and "Machiavellianism": a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others.

    "It was sadism, however, that had the most robust associations with trolling of any of the personality measures," says an article by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia. "In fact, the associations between sadism and ... scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists."
    Sadism is a tendency to take pleasure in other people's pain or discomfort.

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    • Dear dooshbg:
      I thought you had me on "ignore". If sadism "is a tendency to take pleasure in other people's pain or discomfort" then I guess I'm a sadist because I am loving this. Next time you pick a fight with someone on the internet, make sure it's a fight you can win. How many times have you referred to posters as "morons" and "idiots"? I'm still waiting for my apology and until it comes you will remain my punching bag.

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