The Negative Effects Of Internet Trolling And Its Effects On The Internet

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“According to new survey results from the market research firm YouGov, nearly 30 percent of Americans admit to engaging in ‘malicious online activity directed at somebody they didn 't know’” (Rex). This type of activity could be described as “trolling.” Trolling is frequently seen in comments sections on online forums such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other types of social media on the Internet. Likewise, trolling is becoming a concerned issue as social media plays an important role in this sophisticated society. While more people enjoy bullying or trolling anonymously on social media, there are controversies on online speech morality. Some people argue that online comments should not be controlled while some people urge to moderate those …show more content…
Some people believe that trolling is not harmful to anyone, but it actually has negative effects on people who are being trolled. The victims of the Internet trolling can have anxiety, lose confident, and face other serious psychological issues from their environment. According to the ITV Tonight video, a woman was trolled with her nude photos that were posted by her ex-boyfriend. She got frightened and almost decided to commit suicide after her photo went public on social media (ITV Tonight). As can be seen, the idea that trolling is not harmful is false, and it can depress many people on the Internet. This trolling activity sometimes can be either short-term or chronic depression which is harmful to victims’ life as the example above. Hence, to prevent many negative impacts from peer pressure such as severe mental problems or suicide, trolling comments should be …show more content…
Even though trolling is considered as the freedom of speech over any topic, it can have significant influences on social divisions. As mentioned above, genders, political parties, and religions are being targeted for trolling comments that can depict with violent and hostile posts on YouTube or other social media forums. According to the article “Everything Is ‘Trolling’ Now,” the author states, “The distinction is important; perhaps a polemicist, a politically minded columnist whose very purpose is not merely to engage in the world of ideas but stir the blood of a self-selected few and poke at the other side, can be a troll” (D’Addario 422). What the author means is that some people may have biased opinion on many issues such as politic, culture, or religion, and they are not willing to interact and accept new ideas from other perspectives. Instead, they make fun of the opposed opinions which can be considered as trolling. This example does not only illustrate a political segregation, but it also implies to other social divisions regarding income levels, races, or religious practices which are created by trolling comments. Socioeconomic divisions in the society can also be talked or trolled on social media which leads to a serious social separation. Consequently, there will be an elimination of social segregation if comments sections on social media are controlled

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