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Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll: The Personality Profile of a Facebook Troll

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Department of Business, Reykjavik University, 102 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Department of Psychology, Reykjavik University, 102 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, 102 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5722; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115722
Received: 22 April 2021 / Revised: 16 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 26 May 2021
Personality factors, such as the Dark Tetrad personality factors (Machiavellianism, narcissism and sadism) relate to greater online trolling. Other personality factors, such as the Big Five Personality factors, honesty–humility and negative social potency, may also play a role in cyberbullying, which is an aggressive behavior similar to trolling. The purpose of this study was to predict Facebook trolling behavior based on personality factors. A total of 139 participants completed a survey on their online behavior and personality factors. Online trolling behavior positively correlated with sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, and negatively correlated with agreeableness, conscientiousness and honesty–humility. A hierarchical linear regression showed that sadism, Machiavellianism and negative social potency were the only unique predictors of online trolling behavior. Trolling was unrelated to the frequency of Facebook use and the frequency of commenting. Enjoyment of trolling fully mediated the relationship between Machiavellianism and the trolling behavior. The results thus suggested that Facebook trolling behaviors may be motivated by enjoying the manipulation of others. View Full-Text
Keywords: trolling; personality; sadism; Dark Triad; HEXACO; antisocial internet behavior trolling; personality; sadism; Dark Triad; HEXACO; antisocial internet behavior
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Gylfason, H.F.; Sveinsdottir, A.H.; Vésteinsdóttir, V.; Sigurvinsdottir, R. Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll: The Personality Profile of a Facebook Troll. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5722. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115722

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Gylfason HF, Sveinsdottir AH, Vésteinsdóttir V, Sigurvinsdottir R. Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll: The Personality Profile of a Facebook Troll. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5722. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115722

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Gylfason, Haukur F., Anita H. Sveinsdottir, Vaka Vésteinsdóttir, and Rannveig Sigurvinsdottir. 2021. "Haters Gonna Hate, Trolls Gonna Troll: The Personality Profile of a Facebook Troll" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5722. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115722

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