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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. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response. 

What kind of person would do this? Some Canadian researchers decided to find out.

They conducted two online studies with over 1,200 people, giving personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their Internet commenting behavior. They were looking for evidence that linked trolling with the "Dark Tetrad" of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism. 

They found that Dark Tetrad scores were highest among people who said trolling was their favorite Internet activity. To get an idea of how much more prevalent these traits were among Internet trolls, see this figure from the paper:

Look at how low the Dark Tetrad scores are for everyone except the trolls! Their scores for all four traits soar on the chart. The relationship between trolling and the Dark Tetrad is so significant that the authors write in their paper:

"... the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists." 

Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article): "Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!"

The next time you encounter a troll online, remember:

These trolls are some truly difficult people.

It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them. 


Buckels, Erin E., Paul D. Trapnell, and Delroy L. Paulhus. "Trolls just want to have fun." Personality and Individual Differences67 (2014): 97-102.

Photo adapted from original by Kevin Dooley




[翻訳: 和馬]

インターネットの荒らしをする人( 以下: 荒らし者 )は、自己陶酔者であり、サイコパスであり、サディスト







どのようなタイプの人がこれをするのでしょうか? カナダの研究者たちがそれを解明しようとしました。

彼らは1,200人以上の人と2つのオンライン調査を行い、それぞれの主題にパーソナリティテストを行い、インターネットのコメント行動についてのアンケートを行いました。彼らは、ナルシシズム、マキャベリ主義、精神病、サディズムといった性格特性の「Dark Tetrad (ダーク・テトラド) 」と、「荒らし行為」を結びつける証拠を探していました。 


インターネット活動で荒らし行為が好きだと言った人々が、"Dark Tetrad" の得点が最も高いことを発見しました。荒らし者の中でこれらの特性がどれくらい強いかを知るには、この図を参照してください。


"Dark Tetrad"の得点は、荒らし者以外の人全てにおいて、どれほど低いかを見てください! 彼らの4特性全ての得点が、チャート上で飛躍的に高い。荒らし行為と"Dark Tetrad" の関係は非常に重要なので、著者は論文を書いています。


荒らし者は、あなたが不快な気分になるのを楽しんでいることは間違いありません。著者はもう一度引用する(これは本当に引用可能な記事なので): "荒らし者とサディストは両方とも、他の人の苦痛でサディスティックな喜びを感じる。サディストは楽しいと思うだけで...インターネットは彼らの遊び場だ!










Buckels、Erin E.、Paul D. Trapnell、Delroy L. Paulhusが挙げられる。 「荒らし者はただ楽しみたいだけ」人格と個人差67(2014):97-102。


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