The Psychology of an Internet Troll [infographic]

The internet is nothing short of amazing. It is an entire culture in itself and it has completely transformed the way we live our lives.

Personally, the internet has given me the ability to create a career for myself, working from home, and doing something I love and have always wanted to do. But for as awesome as the internet is, and as much as we may enjoy using social media, catching up with old friends and making new ones, the internet also has a dark side.

Everyone who has ever read an article or watched a video on any website that allows comments knowing of the internet troll. These are people who, because of the perceived anonymity of the internet, use whatever space they can find to complain, insult, vilify, and frustrate anyone and everyone. There are many layers to the internet troll, and if you’re a blogger, you have likely encountered several different types of internet trolls–I know I have.

Ever wondered what’s going on in the mind of an internet troll? Check out the infographic below, which details the different types of internet trolls out there, why people begin trolling and turn into an internet troll, what psychological impairments are at work, and even how to handle an internet troll in your space.

Psychology of an Internet Troll
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This is easily one of the most entertaining infographics I have ever put up here, and I think it’s because it is such familiar territory. We all have experience with internet trolls, and I want to hear about yours. Have an internet troll story? Share it in the comments!

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About Holly

In addition to being the driving force behind Woman Tribune, Holly is a self-taught web designer, gamer, and wannabe baker living in NEPA with her fiance and 5 cats.

5 thoughts on “The Psychology of an Internet Troll [infographic]

  1. There really is something interesting about the psychology of an internet troll…. thankfully I haven’t become a victim of one (yet!). But I think the lesson is to simply ignore them!

  2. Ah trolls! I must say the blog trolls I’ve gotten are nothing compared to the gaming trolls I used to have to deal with back in my WOW days! Great info graphic, they really got it right with this one.

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