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Anonymity and Escapism Rule the Mind of an Internet Troll [Infographic]

0 Comments 05 February 2013

The Internet is a vast world with many quirks—it’s one thing that pushes people to act differently than they would in “real” life. First of all, the Internet creates deindividuation. We are less likely to adhere to commonly accepted social norms when we reduce our sense of our own identity. Internet trolls are more likely to engage in aggressive behavior—whether it be in commenting on a Facebook status or sending an email—in the online sphere since they are “distant” from the person on the receiving end.

Simple anonymity provides trolls a deep sense of protection and security. It allows them to move about in the online sphere without any kind of indication of identity or even distinguishing characteristics other than potentially a distinguishing username. Even if a troll’s identity is known, he or she may still post mean things (such as a rude Facebook comment), because of the physical barriers that exist in online interactions. Speaking of online interactions, Internet trolls tend to believe that everyday rules do not apply to these types of interactions. Emily Finch, a criminal lawyer studying identity theft in cyberspace, says “People may see cyberspace as a kind of game where the normal rules of everyday interaction do not apply to them.”

To learn more about the psyche and thought process of Internet trolls, take a look at the infographic below.

internet trolls Anonymity and Escapism Rule the Mind of an Internet Troll [Infographic]
Image source: www.bestpsychologyschoolsonline.com

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