I will be going to moderating comments again. Sorry.
From Fred Zackel:
I saw this paragraph in a 30 January 2015 BBC article about the "Psychology of Everyday Evil."
... relevant to internet trolls. “They appear to be the internet
version of everyday sadists because they spend time searching for people
to hurt.” Sure enough, an anonymous survey of trollish commentators
found that they scored highly on dark tetrad traits, but particularly
the everyday sadism component – and enjoyment was their prime
motivation. Indeed, the bug-crushing experiment suggested that everyday
sadists may have more muted emotional responses to all kinds of
pleasurable activities – so perhaps their random acts of cruelty are
attempts to break through the emotional numbness." They get up in the
morning, get their first cup of the day, and then they go looking for
people to spew hate on.