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 .