Computer scientists at Stanford and Cornell universities have discovered that most people are capable of being Internet trolls – at least, temporarily.
The researchers found that two things – a person’s mood and online environment – end up contributing to trolling behavior, which is defined as posting something online they wouldn’t say to a person’s face.
It seems when people are in a bad mood, they’re more likely to lash out and write something hurtful. And, like laughter, trolling can be contagious.
One more finding from the study … Trolling behavior is most likely to occur Sunday and Monday nights, between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. (Wall Street Journal)