That's the title of the journal article anyway (which seriously made me crack up). Published recently in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, a study confirms what many have long suspected: That internet trolls are generally just shitty people.
Psychology today posted a news story highlighting this. The actual publication is behind a pay wall, but I have access to it through my university. If you would like a copy of it feel free to send me a PM and I'd be happy to. Here are a few excerpts from the news article:
Some additionally noteworthy conclusions were drawn in the publication itself:Originally Posted by Psychology Today
Originally Posted by Trolls just want to have fun
As many of you read this I suspect there will be a lot of nodding heads and "yep already knew this" sort of thoughts. Nevertheless, there is a lot of good in seeing this in data form. Additionally, seeing how strongly these correlations between dark personality traits and trolling are. I take quite a lot of personal interest in this due to my burning hatred of internet (and irl) trolls and desire to purge the world of them. In my experience I have actually found explicit trolls, the ones that were studied in that they troll with intent, aren't as destructive (usually) as the ones who actually believe in what they're saying and doing that causes inflamation in others.
So there you have it, the majority of trolls are shitty people. On a personal level, now I feel much more justified when I think or say that a troll is a horrible person.