Social media is a huge part of our lives and if you have been on the internet for any period of time, you’ve likely run into a troll at some point especially on Twitter.
An internet troll is someone who makes intentionally rude or disturbing statements online to elicit strong emotional responses in people or to steer the conversation off-topic. These are people who provoke others online for their own pleasure.
Trolling is distinct from other forms of cyber-bullying or harassment. It is normally not targeted towards any one person and relies on other people paying attention and becoming annoyed.
Twitter particularly has the option to be anonymous, and has become a hotbed for internet trolls. Frequent Twitter trolling methods involve hijacking popular hashtags and mentioning popular personalities to gain attention from their followers.
However, it’s difficult sometimes to differentiate between a troll and someone who just genuinely wants to argue about a topic.
But how can one distinguish between the two? The following tips will inform one that someone is actively trolling.
Refusal to acknowledge evidence: Even when presented with hard, cold facts, people ignore this and pretend like they never saw it.
Dismissive, condescending tone: An early indicator of a troll was that they would ask an angry responder, “Why you mad, bro?” This is a method done to provoke someone even more, as a way of dismissing their argument altogether.
Use of unrelated images or memes: They reply to others with memes, images, and gifs.
Research suggests that internet trolls have little affective empathy, that is they can’t feel the suffering of others. They also have high cognitive empathy; they can understand what makes people suffer. Research has also shown that trolls are very likely to suffer from poor social skills.
Besides, how can one handle trolls? Simply, one should not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how badly people behave on social media, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They are not worth your time of day. On the other hand, you have to know how to handle criticism and how to manage your brand
Be the boss of your life on social media!