Let’s talk about a complex creature: internet trolls. Trolling is something that can be all fun & games if done light-hardheartedly in a private setting OR it can be an absolute nightmare if done in public for everyone to see. Let’s elaborate: A fun setting may be messing with your friends or family via text just for kicks. The nightmare happens when a troll attacks on the internet, such as a forum or article comments. Trolls are usually looking for public attention, hence why they troll online. Usually it’s someone you don’t even know, and in some cases it’s as bad as cyber-bullying.
Lifewire gives an awesome explanation: “Those who aren’t quite as familiar with the internet slang definition of “troll” or “trolling” might automatically think of the mythical creature from Scandinavian folklore. The mythological troll is known to be an ugly, dirty, angry creature that lives in dark places, like caves or underneath bridges, waiting to snatch up anything that passed by for a quick meal.
The internet troll is a modern version of the mythological version. They hide behind their computer screens, and actively go out of their way to cause trouble on the internet. Like the mythological troll, the internet troll is angry and disruptive in every possible way—often for no real reason at all.”