Why Do I ‘Troll’ People on the Internet and How Can I Stop?

Why Do I ‘Troll’ People on the Internet and How Can I Stop?

I guess I am one of those people you’d call a “troll”—I post mean and insulting things online anonymously to people I don’t know. In the evenings, my livelihood is to get on YouTube, find videos by vloggers, especially female ones, and leave comments about them. I make fun of their appearance, insult their intelligence, and call them out if they’re gay. I don’t even believe most of the stuff I write. Being removed from their lives makes me feel like I can safely degrade them and make them feel terrible about what they’re doing and how they’re making money. But most of the time, it’s not even really about them; it’s just funny sometimes to have the power to rile up the crowd of other people watching these videos, because they get so mad! I’m not a mean person in “real life,” though. I live with my parents and do lash out at them sometimes, but I’ve never really been a bully in person or anything. I know it’s not right to attack people, and I’d like to know why I do it and how to stop. Can you help?

—Trolling for Help

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/dear-gt/why-do-i-troll-people-on-the-internet-how-can-i-stop

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