The trolls have moved out of their caves and onto the internet. Unlike the mythological creatures of early Scandinavian folklore, online trolls are real, and dealing with them is never a fun experience. An internet troll, as defined by Wikipedia, is:
|"...a person who posts inflammatory, insincere, digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog), with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses, or manipulating others' perception."|
In the full article, you'll find a list of tips to add to your arsenal, so you're ready to handle the nonsense right away and protect your peace of mind. But how do you know you're dealing with a troll in the first place?
Warning Signs You're Dealing with an Internet Troll
Just some of the warning signs that you're dealing with a troll include:
- Blindness to evidence: Trolls are notorious for ignoring facts and either doubling down on their stance or redirecting to a new topic altogether.
- Name-calling: Internet trolls aren't known for their creativity. They'll often latch onto the latest trending insult and use it in every situation. Hello, "Karen."
- Topic redirects: This is an old-school trolling technique that's still around today on chats and forums. Trolls enjoy making off-topic remarks to try and distract posters from the discussion. They'll also post unrelated images or memes.
- Condescending tone: "Why you mad, bro?" Trolls love to stoke the fire and then act dismissive when people become angry, which only triggers more frustration. And they know it.
- Overexaggerating: While most people use words that aren't absolute, there's no middle ground for trolls. Everything has to be on the extreme end of the spectrum. Instead of saying "often" or "sometimes," they'll say "always" or "never."