Scientists have discovered why a big part of online trolls is men

© Fotolia / DragonImagesМужчина working on laptopScientists have discovered why a big part of online trolls is men© Fotolia / DragonImages

. Almost all the trolls in the global network are men, for the reason that «strong floor» is much more prone to narcissism and gets more pleasure from drawing the attention of other people, say British psychologists in an article published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour.

«In recent years we have published several dozen research focuses on why people start trolling in social networks. On the other hand, few people were interested, whether there are differences between men and women in this respect, and why men are much more likely to participate in such «entertainment» — write Ferenci Nelli (Nelli Ferenczi) at the University of London (UK) and her colleagues.

The mass proliferation of computers and the emergence of a worldwide global network has created a special subculture of people who have discussions and dialogues with other users to establish personal contacts or search for new information, and in order to bring them out of themselves and get pleasure from it.

Fairly quickly these people began to call «trolls» due to the fact that they behave like fishermen-trawlers, casting a net or a hook with a bait on the bottom and gradually pulling them to the surface, hoping to catch or lure to the fish. In recent years, the phenomenon of trolling has gone far beyond the virtual world and now scientists are studying the trolls, and many officials and activists looking for ways to ban them.

The trolls among themselves and among their opponents as Ferenczi says, there is a kind of bike that «all web users are men, some of which are pretending to be women.» Overall, this stereotype is correct – the vast majority of trolls, as shown by monitoring, refers to the number of young people aged 20 to 40 years.

This fact has interested the British psychologists and they tried to find out why «trolling» is not interested in girls and young women, conducted a series of surveys of several hundred users of Facebook and other social networks, some of which were trolls.

Scientists asked men and women how they created the social network, for which they use it, whether they consider themselves more interesting and important than their virtual «friends», and how important relationships with these people.

As it turned out, trolls in social media is really almost always were men – men, by their own admission, more often used Facebook to «anti-social» purposes, whereas women are registered in the network mainly for establishing new contacts and maintaining old social ties.

The reason for that, according to British psychologists, is that men were more prone to narcissism than women. On average, their own identity has meant more to them than the people around them, and they more often tried to get the attention of other people than the fairer sex.

Such patterns, as scientists believe, can be used in order to reduce the number of trolls in social networks, helping network «daffodils» to understand that their behavior can hurt other people’s feelings. In addition, this discovery may help the creators of social networks change their architecture so that they pushed people in constructive communication, rather than on the protrusion of their «ego».

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