For those new to the internet, trolling is an activity were one person intentionally tries to upset other members of the same community, presumably for entertainment.
This has been informally addressed in the media, normally positing that the anonymity of the internet gives rise to more extreme behaviors,
- but is that the explanation research supports?
- And if it is, how does the process of enabling occur?
- And more broadly, why do people derive pleasure from the anger of others within the same group?
- Lastly, is this behavioral phenomenon unique to the internet era, or are there historical predecessors involving similar causal mechanisms?