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David Williams

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Is trolling the start of sociopathic behaviour?

As we are losing the social interaction skills that were previously developed over time from social environments like play and outdoor games, with online gaming and social networking, are we encouraging a lack of accountability for sociopathic behaviour online?

Do we need do include social skills as an agreed part of educational programmes?

For example in traditional social environments a bully could be held accountable and shunned or even defended against, in cyber bulling there is little if any backlash which can result in a feeling of immunity to the social norms, and as such sociopathic behaviour can be dismissed as trolling.

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    Sep 17 2013: Trolling, I think for the most part, shows a rebellious behavior rather than the beginning of a sociopathic one. As a high school freshmen, I can tell you that not a lot of trolling actions seemed ethical although the message through it is meant to be taken as a joke. Teenagers are prone to follow (internet) trends no matter what it is. It's like wanting to be social and belonging to a 'part' of a popular/fun teenage society. In extreme cases, I can say that once the person being trolled is starting to become irritated, sociopathic behavior is lurking behind their brains.

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