Trolling on Tinder® (and other dating apps): examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity

March, Evita and Grieve, Rachel and Marrington, Jessica and Jonason, Peter K. (2017) Trolling on Tinder® (and other dating apps): examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 110. pp. 139-143. ISSN 0191-8869


No longer conceptualised as only for the 'desperate', online dating offers many benefits over face-to-face dating.
Accompanying the benefits of online dating is the potential for new, distinct forms of antisocial behaviour online,
such as trolling. The current study (N=357) sought to explore the antisocial behaviour of trolling on Location-
Based Real-Time Dating applications (i.e., LBRTD apps) in an online sample of Australians sourced from the community.
Specifically, we examined the role of participant's sex and of the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism,
psychopathy, sadism, and impulsivity in predicting perpetration of trolling behaviours on LBRTD
apps. Although there were no sex differences, the traits of psychopathy, sadism, and dysfunctional impulsivity
were significantly associated with trolling behaviours. Subsequent moderation analysis revealed that dysfunctional
impulsivity predicts perpetration of trolling, but only if the individual has medium or high levels of trait
psychopathy. Results of the current study aid in further conceptualising the personality of the Internet 'troll'. Future research should further explore antisocial online behaviours, such as other hostile behaviour that occurs on
LBRTD apps.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 05:45
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2018 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: trolling; Dark Tetrad; dysfunctional impulsivity; moderation; Location-Based Real-Time Dating Applications
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.01.025

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