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SciShow: Are you an internet troll?

By Science Editor

Are you an internet troll? Do you give other people a hard time while hanging out in the comments section of Yahoo, for example? Then you may be a troll.

In this edition of the SciShow, which is a YouTube science show, host Michael Aranda talks about the psychology of internet trolling and the six key factors behavioral scientist believe make-up an internet troll: dissociative anonymity, invisibility, time disconnect, solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, and the minimization of authority.

Don’t worry! He makes each term accessible to the non-behavioral scientist.

Michael also covers the history of trolling and the different kinds of internet trolls, including the griefer and the cyber-bully. As he further explains, the research on internet trolling is very new and the knowledge behavioral scientists have gained from the few studies that have been conducted has been “sparse.” But this fascinating field is just starting.

Enjoy the video!

Note: Photo Courtesy of Comic Vine

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4 replies »

    • Character! Character matters, does it not? At the end of the day, how a person treats others online or in the real world, which ought to be the same, says a lot about that person’s character.


    • Thank J.C. McClain for taking the time to respond to one of our articles. I can understand your frustration on this topic so I thought I would point out a few things.

      First, It matters because this kind of behavior impacts the way we dialog with one another, online and in person. Trolls can blow up a comment section and disrupt meaningful dialog and turn it into a out and out debate, name calling, and ad hominem attacks.

      Second, Its understandable that people have turned into trolls without noticing because of the media runs their shows where you come on for 3 mins to defend/debate someone else. This quick fire way of engagement is not productive nor is it condusive to dialog.

      Third, our attention spans have shrunk so much that we don’t even take the time to read an article or a whole post before commenting on it. We scan through information we don’t digest it. We are constantly on the run, or moving on to something else. This multitasking doesnt allow us to read and let our brains soak in the information and in turn constructive and critically react to it. Which leads me to my last point, the impact of multitasking.

      Lastly, part of the problem is that we multitask too much! Walter Lim, founder and editor of Cooler Insights writes that multitasking lowers our I.Q. by as much as 10 points! He goes on to talk about how the brain is not wired to multitask and when we do we actually become unproductive rather than more productive. I encourage you to read his article

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