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Study finds online trolls much more likely to be sadists, psychopaths

15
Feb
2014

Does Dexter Morgan spend his time submitting flamebait posts on 4Chan when he’s not murdering people? That’s the implication of a new study flagged by The Washington Post showing that people who frequently go online with sole purpose of antagonizing others just for the sake of starting conflicts are much more likely to exhibit sadistic and even psychopathic behavior in their offline lives. The study, which was conducted by researchers at University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia and was published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal, asked hundreds of Internet users to talk about how they behaved online and how they behaved in their everyday lives. What the researchers found was that trolls were much more

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