Stanford Study Explains Internet Trolls - Technology - io9io9 said:Ohio State professor Kimberly Rios Morrison polled Stanford University students about what they thought about students drinking alcohol.
Said Morrison:It is only when they have this sense that they are in the majority that extremely pro-alcohol students are more willing to express their views on the issue.Sounds like this study explains internet trolling and flame wars too. People with extreme views who are extremely loud about them manage to delude themselves into thinking everybody agrees. Morrison added:You have a cycle that feeds on itself: the more you hear these extremists expressing their opinions, the more you are going to believe that those extreme beliefs are normal for your community.No word yet on how to break the cycle, especially with trolls, who may not care whether the majority agree with them or not. But we can only hope further research will lead to a simple way to cure extremists of their belief that everybody shares their opinions and wants them to keep talking.
Extremists More Willing To Share Their Opinions, Study Finds