SIO4: Trollology 101

In this episode I am joined by Scott and David. We discuss some of the science behind the rise in internet trolling. They share their ideas about the ways psychology, sociology, and our ever increasing dependence on technology for socialization; have led to more trolling. We also discuss some other behaviors and traits that correlate with online trolling, some of the possible origins of these behaviors, and speculate as to what can be done about it.

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St. Ralph
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Are you sure Millennials aren’t just lazy as fuck? I was. In high school I played in two different bands and took lessons from two different guitar teachers and my friends were scattered across three different towns in the Denver Metro area. I loved being chauffeured around by my parents and my friend’s parents. My parents made me get a driver’s license. And then they made me pay the difference in the car insurance—and buy my own gas. Shit. At 17, things got real. Maybe Millennnials don’t have anywhere they need or want to be, like you were saying. Can… Read more »
Some Other Guy
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Hang on! Addictions are just caused by people lacking something in their life? Where has that come from? Apart from it sounding eerily similar to the “god shaped hole in my heart” that my mother keeps referring to, it also is counter to almost everything that we know about how addictions work. Addictions are often heavily dependent on an individual’s brain chemistry, so unless the “thing that they are searching for in life” is a prescription from a psychiatrist then he is very wrong about this. It is literally a perfect example of a “just so story”. I hate to… Read more »
St. Ralph
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Is there a pill I can take or a chelation therapy or something to re-balance the chemicals in my brain and relieve this addiction to atheist and ex-Mormon podcasts? It’s getting serious. My children are crying to be fed and I can’t get my ass out of this chair.

Some Guy
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I bristled slightly at this as well. To some extent, I think the statement can be taken to have some validity though. While you rightly point out that there is a chemical component to “addiction” (e.g., reduced dopamine levels in response to use of substances, which in turn results in cravings and withdrawal symptoms), I believe this tends to be a temporary state, which can be mediated by refraining from use for a given period of time, depending on the substance. That said, you’re also right to imply that there are genetic and physiological differences in the brain which can… Read more »
Some Guy
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I think I made a similar comment on an earlier episode, but I want to challenge this idea of people having a “real” self and a “performative” self that we switch between given different contexts. I agree that we have different “selves” which we inhabit in different contexts, but I don’t find it helpful to conceptualize any of these as not, in some way, performative, or not, in some way, authentic expressions of us. Who you are, when you’re with a parent, a sibling, a child, a best friend, a pet, or an intimate partner may differ drastically, but those… Read more »