What do people get out of being assholes online?
In recent months, I’ve had some girl be a total bitch to me on Twitter for no reason other than I didn’t acknowledge her @ replies to me. Well, excuse me! If I don’t follow you, your reply doesn’t appear in my feed. I have to actually look at my @ replies to see your comments, and I don’t check my replies very often. So I’m sorry that it took a week for me to acknowledge your comments, which by the way, got increasingly hostile when I didn’t immediately reply to you.
A lot of my activity on Twitter is stuff that I have set to auto-post, like my WordPress and Tumblr accounts. Or it was shared with another site’s Tweet This button, so I never was actually “on” Twitter. This was one of her accusations, that I was “on” Twitter, therefore I should have seen and replied to her comments. I rolled my eyes at that one. Are people really that ignorant about how Twitter works? Not everyone has their account set up to receive notifications every time someone @ replies to them.
I ended up having to block her because she just kept on and on and on and it was getting progressively uglier with each new reply.
Then today, I got an email notification about a comment I made over a year ago on a YouTube video that someone had replied to. The guy didn’t even really address the comment I had posted, just called me nasty names. So I reported his ass to YouTube for abuse/harassment. Seriously, there’s no need to attack me just because my opinion of something differs from yours. I do hope that his account gets suspended. The jerk deserves it.
So this has me wondering, what do people get out of being a hostile troll online? Do they enjoy upsetting other people that much? What kind of warped human being are you that you get something out of that negative attention? I don’t get it, I really don’t.