6 February 2013

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Internet Troll 101 [Infographic]

If you've spent any amount of time in online chat rooms, forums, or comment sections, you're probably well-versed in the language of the Internet troll. They show up after an article to make fun of or otherwise psychologically demolish and tease the person that took the time to post something online. Sometimes their comments defy all logic and seem to be the opposite of what a well-adjusted human being would write. Psychologists have studied these online comment machines for years now and have a few theories about just why the Internet troll appears to comment without logic or conscience. There are a few basic psychological principles underlying their verbal behavior, as an online setting is much different from a real-life social setting. They sometimes feel immune to social pressure, and that's precisely because they usually are. Give a troll a few comments, strike back, and it only seems to encourage them more. Here are just a few of the reasons this happens.



If you've spent any amount of time in online chat rooms, forums, or comment sections, you're probably well-versed in the language of the Internet troll. They show up after an article to make fun of or otherwise psychologically demolish and tease the person that took the time to post something online. Sometimes their comments defy all logic and seem to be the opposite of what a well-adjusted human being would write. Psychologists have studied these online comment machines for years now and have a few theories about just why the Internet troll appears to comment without logic or conscience. There are a few basic psychological principles underlying their verbal behavior, as an online setting is much different from a real-life social setting. They sometimes feel immune to social pressure, and that's precisely because they usually are. Give a troll a few comments, strike back, and it only seems to encourage them more. Here are just a few of the reasons this happens.

Psychology of an Internet Troll
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