The Power of Schadenfreude: Predicting Behaviors and Perceptions of Trolling Among Reddit Users

  title={The Power of Schadenfreude: Predicting Behaviors and Perceptions of Trolling Among Reddit Users},
  author={Pamela Jo Brubaker and Daniel John Montez and Scott Haden Church},
  journal={Social Media + Society},
Trolling is an uncivil behavior that is increasingly prevalent in online social interactions. This study sought to understand trolling by examining the psychological predictors that motivate trolling behaviors, as well as perceptions of trolling among 438 Reddit users. A path analysis indicated the motivation of schadenfreude mediates the relationship between personality traits (i.e., the dark triad) and trolling. Outspokenness neither directly nor indirectly predicted trolling. Results also… 

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