A smartly illustrated video in Youtube explained briefly “The Science of Internet Trolls”. The video was upload by Asap SCIENCE — a channel where they weekly uploaded scientific explanations of some social or natural phenomena.
Before showing the video, it should be pointed out that “troll” here does not mean a green mythical creature. Rather, something which closer to the classic verb meaning.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:
: to fish with a hook and line that you pull through the water
: to search for or try to get (something)
: to search through (something)
Applying it to the context of the internet, trolling is something not really far fetched. First, watch the short video:
The short visual presentation highlights the following important points:
1.) Internet Trolls consist of 5.6% of people on the comment section.
2.) People behind internet trolls show “dark traits” of psychopathy, narcissism, and sadism.
3.) Internet trolls feel a sense of reward when they hurt others.
4.) Internet troll distress others by being argumentative, disruptive, and anti-social.
5.) The internet connect anti-social individuals who have similar traits.
6.) Trolls not only comment more but receive more replies as a sign of success of luring others.
7.) Trolls get worse over time when they receive feedback.
8.) The best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them.
I do honestly agree to most of the points in the video, however, I have some reservations. Although the video is a product of a scientific research — which I do have high respect for, I don’t really think we need to put trolls too much on the bad light.
Every once in a while, we became trolls on our friends and circles. However, in a community as big as the internet, trolling is totally out of place. I do appreciate how the video focuses on how to deal with trolls. But, I don’t believe they are some born scum people or having some serious social illnesses.
My point is, we cannot stop trolls; they will always be there. There should be no law to regulate the existence of trolls. They are entitled to their own opinion — an exercise of the freedom to information.
Then again, as the video said, we should train ourselves how to deal with them.
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