In news that will come as no surprise to any woman who has ever used the internet, a study has found that men are more likely to be trolls and online bullies.
What’s more, this may be because they’re more narcissistic.
Figures from the Pew Research Centre show that since 2013, the number of people aged 55-64 using the internet to find a partner has doubled; the number of people aged 18-24 has nearly tripled.
There are many advantages of online dating, such as a wider network of potential romantic partners and the opportunity to engage in social interactions with less discomfort.
In addition, these internet trolls are likely to be motivated by negative social rewards, meaning they are reinforced by creating a disruptive social environment.
But our new research shows trolls also pose a real threat to online dating, marring a potentially positive social (and even romantic) experience.
“Underlying a hostile action might be the intent to re-establish power and self-esteem.
"Please do not feed the trolls" does not apply here.
Online dating is an increasingly popular way for people to find love, but that also makes it an attractive target for those with less than romantic intentions.We found that women and men were equally likely to troll others on this dating app.This was unexpected, as previous research on trolling has consistently found that men troll more than women.There are plenty of websites and platforms for online dating, such as e Harmony and RSVP.Mobile phone apps for dating have also gained popularity.Others are antisocial, seeking attention online and trolling.To reach their conclusions, 573 US adults were sent an online survey asking them to rate themselves on a 13-point narcissistic personality scale.Women reported more prosocial motives, which was explained by their more relational self-construal.According to Brunel, this is the first study to find a link between narcissism and trolling.But our research, published in Personality and Individual Differences, found that some people who used these methods of finding love had a far more antisocial agenda.I've discussed how internet trolls in general are more likely to be male, and are more likely to have higher levels of "darker" personality traits, including nonclinical psychopathy and sadism.