February 16, 2014
What Kind Of People Are Internet Trolls?

According to two recent studies by a team of researchers, not very nice.

Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores.  Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior.

Judging by the article and the abstract, it seems like a reasonable pair of studies — although some might fault the researchers for spending time and money discovering the obvious.

Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.

(You can read the abstract and, if you like, buy the paper here.)

Posted by Jim Miller at February 16, 2014 01:52 PM | Email This