What makes online trolls tick?

It is often claimed that online trolls are acting out of insecurity but Australian research indicates that this might not be the case

The media often portrays online trolls as lonely outcasts with low self-worth who hide behind computer screens posting inflammatory comments to stir up trouble.

Or at least that might be the narrative the victims have to tell themselves to humanise and rationalise trolling behaviour.

But Australian researchers say this isn’t necessarily the case, with psychological profiling suggesting that trolls actually feel really good about themselves.

Some 400 people — with a mean age of 25 — recruited through