“In internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,or off topic messages in an online community…with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion,often for their own amusement.” – Wikipedia definition.
OKAY….so we all know what an internet troll is and have probably all come across forms of trolling in some way or another.
But what I want to know is why???
The term ‘do not feed the trolls’ is often thrown around on forums, urging users to heed warning and not rise up to the baiting of said troll/trolls.
But from what I have seen, when a troll receives gentle confrontation, the majority of them back down or quickly lose control of the situation. Once the control is lost, they either change the subject or move onto some other form of discussion.
This would suggest some sort of deep inward power struggle within the individual. They feel a lack of control in their own lives and have no alternative outlet for their frustrations and resort to insulting strangers, frequently choosing hotbed issues to aggravate all parties involved.
What is it they gain from this??? probably the same feeling as throwing fireworks or desecrating graves, it’s a sadistic wave of gratification knowing that someone maybe deeply hurt by their actions and the fact that the web is a perpetual source for their outlets keeps on feeding that gratification.
So indeed, by feeding the trolls, we are giving them the thrill they so desperately crave, putting these virtual sadists on a platform in which the flames of destruction can be fanned.
Can this behaviour be fixed??? I’d like to think so, but I think that it is external factors rather than internal or virtual is the only way these mischievous creatures can be appeased by.
it’s a tricky one…