Who doesn’t have a friend, acquaintance or neighbor who does exactly the opposite of what we say and always puts us in the spotlight? Or an enemy/rival who always wants to publicly demean us? Although these people currently or always receive many names and nicknames (sons of this or that, or parallels with the animal world), on the Internet, people who make this type of comment receive a particular name: they are the trolls. Troll
In Norse mythology, trolls are anthropomorphic forest dwellers, terrible creatures capable of the worst acts against humans, they are their main enemies, kidnapping their children, kidnapping, plundering villages, etc.
Modern fiction has turned trolls, along with ogres and other fantastical beings, into antagonists to humans in wars and various battles, all within the Scandinavian mythological context.
It is precisely because of the concept “enemy of humans” or the human race that the word troll refers to those Internet users who enjoy attacking others in forums, chats and other online communication services , as well as attacking their security , invading their privacy , among others, in addition to seeking public disrepute.
A historically very common activity related to trolls has been identity disguise, with which they seek to discredit a person through offensive interventions in relation to other Internet users or with high-caliber polemics.
The most modern forms of trolling seek to disparage the columnist in an online environment , such as on a blog, website or on social networks, through insulting and defamatory comments, looking for possible errors or inconsistencies in their texts. Even in case there are no errors, the troll starts to invent them to try to make the person in evidence.
Social media is also a breeding ground for trolls. The anonymity they provide (fake profiles can be created on Facebook , Twitter, Google+, Instagram, among others, without revealing the real identity) makes the criticized person leave the comfort zone . In other cases, trolling is performed “face to face” from a profile with first and last name, but in compensation they are supported by distance and a monitor that separates the victim from the offender.
Anyone can be harassed by a troll, there are even characters like that who are obsessed with messing with the victim.
What attitude to take in front of a troll?
It’s best to ignore him. The omnipresence of these characters gave rise to one of the most known and used sayings on the internet: Don’t feed the troll, which means in English “Don’t feed a troll”. This sentence is presented in front of a clear provocation, where it is better not to respond, as there is a risk of the troll becoming excited and chasing with greater determination. These characters often get tired of upsetting when they are ignored.