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Study suggests internet trolls may not be mentally healthy in real life

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 9:36 EST

A new study from the University of Manitoba has shockingly claimed to have found that the Internet trolls we all know or love so well may not be very nice -- or particularly mentally healthy -- individuals in real life. The study tried to explore whether or not Internet trolls fell into the so called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others). The study (mostly survey, really) claims to have found:

"... correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet."

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I don't know about this study... but as an observer of people, my "Study" over the past 6 years of observing people from within "True Gossip Forums", blogs, twitter etc... is that many posters have psychological problems, often exacerbated by the use of "elicit drugs", alcohol, and in many cases, prescription meds.
It is a fact... there are posters who are "damaged".... to try and put it kindly.
With some it is way past "psychological issues" and into psychiatric conditions.

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ya think?

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Yeah :cool

Not denying I am a bit nuts... certainly some of my best friends are a bit nuts :)

Maybe EVERYONE posting is nuts... but of course the crowd at RT are a better selection :)

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That's similar to what I was gonna say that isn't that study talking about everybody not just trolls. Hahaa

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