Are internet trolls sadistic personalities?

Are internet trolls sadistic personalities?

“In digital era, privacy must be a priority,” said Al Gore, an American politician and environmentalist. Truly, not everyone likes to share any of his or her secrets or personal information. However, with the advent of the social media, people have got an easy access to both public and private life of the people around them. With the rapid blurring of the line separating one’s public and private life on the internet, people have now become more conscious about what they are posting on the social media platforms.

Also known as cyberbullying, the new threat of personal data leakage has resulted in innumerable embarrassing moments for many social media users. According to a report by I-safe America, which strives to safeguard people while surfing the internet, online bullying or cyberbullying has become an everyday phenomenon and the ones affected the most are the youngsters. Teens, students from high school, and those recently employed are more likely to become victims of the sadistic machinations of someone known or unknown.

Internet trolls suffer from an underlying psychiatric disorder

Trolling, which is the act of posting abusive or damaging content in order to provoke a response, is also identified as a form of cyberbullying. Internet trolls are most likely anti-social personalities who get a kick by abusing a person online. A video published in January 2016, based on a 2014 study by Canadian researchers, gave insights into what makes internet trolls to seek pleasure in defaming someone. It was found that many internet trolls displayed negative and maladaptive psychological traits such as sadistic tendencies and anti-social behavior.

At times, narcissistic tendencies can also drive internet trolls to engage disruptively in the social media. Trolling is seen as an activity that could get one in the limelight, and thus, by writing unwanted posts and damaging reputations, trolls can attract readership and become social celebrity.

Trolls get perverse pleasure for causing unhappiness to others

Apparently, trolls enjoy the act of trolling or causing harm to others. Although most trolls are not criminal offenders or have any criminal record, they are anti-social or disruptive elements who shy away from building sustaining relationships with others. As ASAP Science, a Youtube channel engaged in interesting sciences, said in a video, “These people aren’t necessarily serial killers or bad people, but they get an emotional reward from causing or observing the suffering of others.”

The process of deindividuation, or lack of self-awareness, is common to trolling and other online gaming activity, is apparent in the otherwise normal individual. Deindividuation is also apparent during acts of hooliganism, when the individual becomes more focused on taking a group identity as opposed to retaining his or her own identity.

Thus, an internet troll is an example of a repressed personality, who in all likelihood would not have the courage to engage with the victim in the real world. The best way to counter trolls is not to get offended and abstain from dishing out a response. The more furious a victim gets, the more perverse the pleasure felt by the troll. Also, having certain security features that prevent unknown people from commenting on a private domain is a failsafe feature for mitigating trolling attacks. Not befriending unknown people is another foolproof measure for preventing strangers hacking into one’s private space.

Road to recovery

Lifestyle changes can help a great deal in improving body and mind functions, thereby helping people lead a normal life. However, when negative feelings persist for a longer period, it may be an indication of a mental illness that should be immediately addressed by seeking an expert’s advice. If you or your loved one is suffering from any kind of psychiatric disorders, get in touch with the Florida Mental Health Helpline to know about various rehab centers in Florida. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-846-5588 or chat online with our representatives for expert advice on mental disorder treatment in Florida.