Internet trolls - is psychology as a practice taking this seriously enough?
I pose the question following a recent encounter of mine that focussed my attention on the issue.
I think most of us would see it as people simply being people, causing havoc and mischief. But as I look at the subject and research around it I find surprisingly little coverage. Of course the advice is sound - don't feed the trolls!. But it is a message often ignored, after all it's only the internet.
But the internet is not like the real world - it's easy to hide your face, easy to create persona after persona to manipulate the minds of others, by fair means or foul. Hence my question, are we doing enough? Is the psychology community at large taking this issue as seriously as it should - after all we all read about cases of child grooming or indoctrination into terrorist ways.
Please keep comments to the point, I shall do my best to keep an eye on the conversation when I'm around but will also delete those that I feel go wide of the mark (unless of course instructed not to by a moderator such as +Jake Utah
copied in as i couldn't see anything about this in the rules)