A successful internet troll spends their time trying to create chaos and frustration online. They get pleasure out of provoking and upsetting as many people as they can. What. A. Delight.
So, what kind of person does that? Canadian researchers decided to find out. PsychologyToday.com had their results: sadists. NO JOKE! The link between trolls and the personality traits of everyday sadists were remarkably high. Add in narcissism and psychopathy as other big traits of people who find joy in other people’s misery. So, if you know a troll and they say they’re just doing it to mess with people or for you to lighten up… maybe THEY are the ones who need to lighten up with a whole lot of therapy. 🙂