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November 5, 2014 Don’t feed the trolls: they might be mentally ill

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According to some of the latest research, hardcore internet trolls might be mentally ill – and, furthermore, the more time they spend online, the more their symptoms develop.

‘It just makes me happy when I can make someone angry’ – A special investigation into the dark world of trolling

But trollers like Ben and Hampson may not be just hurting their victims.

Psychologist Karyn Krawford claims that extreme trolling may be a sign of mental ill-health.

Ms Krawford said she had done studies which showed the empathy of mental health sufferers decreased for every hour they spent online.

This article is part of a series called Technology by Compass.

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