According to a study by the Frontiers magazine in Psychology, online haters are more likely to have psychopathic traits.
The online haters are "those who comment on the events of others with offensive sentences and without any constructive criticism"
According to a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology, haters are "more likely to be psychopathic"
The research was based on a questionnaire asking to comment on the poor performance of Polish athletes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games
Out of 94 users online, 46 have expressed hateful comments
Research has found that there is no link between online hatred and narcissism or a Machiavellian personality
Are online haters psychopaths? According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, probably yes. Scientists describe haters as "people who post comments that express negative and offensive attitudes towards the inadequacies perceived by others, without including any constructive criticism."
In the latest study, the researchers looked at Facebook's comments regarding the poor performance of Polish athletes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Users who published opinions on this topic had to answer a few questions. The questionnaires were designed to reveal personality traits such as psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellism, envy, frustration and life satisfaction.
The results of the study
A total of 94 Internet users attended, 46 of whom sent hate comments. Examples of hateful statements were: "Discredit our country and do it with taxpayers' money, give me my money back," and "Representing our country in such a bad way should be prohibited." Participants who showed no psychopathic tendencies, meanwhile, tended to be more philosophical and measured in their comments, posting statements like "Okay, let's keep our fingers crossed, next time will be better!".
“The results showed that the highest scores on the psychopathy scale were significant for posting hate comments online; the highest scores on the scale of envy were marginally significant, "said the authors of the study. Research has found that there is no link between online hatred and narcissism or a Machiavellian personality. The analysis of the psychology behind the haters is still in its early stages. However, it is clear that it is not a good thing to post comments on people you don't know on social media.