Why people troll


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Fill in the blanks with the missing sentences to complete the article

Missing sentences
  1. negative moods are much more likely to start trolling

  2. even resorted to completely

  3. been reinforced not only in

  4. predisposing personal and biological traits

  5. a person’s environment than any inherent trait

A recent Internet survey found that 4 out of 10 people online have been harassed online, with far more having witnessed such behavior. Trolling has become so rampant that several websites have removing comments.
Many believe that trolling is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopathic individuals. This belief has the media, but also in past research on trolling, which focused on interviewing these individuals. Some studies even showed that trolls have , such as sadism.
According to a recent Internet study, people put into . Trolling also varies with the time of day and day of the week. For example, trolling is most frequent late at night and on Monday, at the beginning of the work week.
Another factor that can lead to trolling is the discussion context. If a discussion begins with a "troll comment," then it is twice as likely to be trolled by other participants later on. The study concludes that trolling is caused more by .


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Why do you think people troll?

  2. Do you think people who troll should be punished legally? Why or why not?

  3. What do you think can be done to prevent trolling?


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