Research finds that people can be influenced to troll others under the right circumstances in an online community.
Many believe that trolling is done by a small vocal minority of sociopathic individuals.
This belief has been reinforced not only in the media but also in past research on trolling – which focused on interviewing these individuals.
Some studies even showed that trolls have predisposing personal and biological traits such as sadism and a propensity to seek excessive stimulation.
But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls?
What if they are ordinary people like you and me?