The world is getting increasingly dumb.
But a new study shows that not all the dumbness is because of the Internet.
Instead, the study points to a more insidious phenomenon that has been around for a while.
Researchers from Princeton University, the University of Oxford, and the University in California, found that the dumbing down of the world has a lot to do with people who already know the Internet and how it works.
It also points to another troubling trend that researchers have been seeing lately: the rise of the “internet troll,” who creates increasingly bizarre and even racist online behavior to get their point across.
The study, “The Internet Troll Effect on Public Discourse,” was published last week in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
The authors say that while it may seem like trolls are out there just for fun, they are, in fact, creating a huge amount of fake and false content.
“We think that this is an important development because it shows that the Internet troll phenomenon has its roots in the very fact that people have become aware of the fact that they are interacting with other people online, in particular in real-world situations,” says lead author Michael J. Orenstein, a professor of computer science at Princeton.
“The more people know that other people are interacting on the Internet, the more they will try to do it in a way that is not as harmful as it might seem.
And that creates the possibility that we will see some sort of social-network effect, that we might see some increase in trolling, and we may see some kind of decrease in genuine conversations.”
Trolls can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the study focused on people who identify as internet trolls.
The researchers divided their study participants into two groups.
One group was given a fake Facebook profile and asked to post the same content as other users on Facebook, and they were told that the other group was going to be given the same fake Facebook page.
The other group of participants was given the exact same profile and were told to post a completely different type of content.
The fake Facebook profiles of both groups were used to test the effects of trolling.
Participants who were asked to troll on Facebook reported more negative and false posts than those who were not asked to participate.
The trolls also used social media to create false posts, and some of the posts were also designed to appear as if they were actually coming from real people.
Orendstein and his colleagues say that trolls do this intentionally to make their point, and this type of manipulation is just one of many forms of trolling that have become popular in the Internet era.
“Trolling is a way to create more false information that people can then spread across social media, so it’s actually a form of a fake news phenomenon,” Orensteins said.
“There is an increased frequency of trolling online, and there is a general increase in fake news in social media.”
The researchers found that trolls were more likely to post more negative content and to create fake news stories, both in real life and online.
This is important, because it means that trolls can create more fake news and thus cause a lot more harm to real people than people might expect.
“I would argue that the trolls’ aim is to create as much fake news as possible and then to spread it as far as possible, and it’s also their goal to do this in a manner that is harmful to real life,” Orendsons says.
“This is really a dangerous form of trolling, because they’re trying to get people to say something that’s not true, which is obviously harmful.”
The study also found that people who troll are more likely than people who just share their own views to use racial and homophobic slurs.
The most commonly used slurs were “nigger,” “gay,” and “bitch.”
The authors also found a correlation between people who use these terms and the types of behavior that they said they were trying to target.
“These people are trying to create a perception that their views are not shared, that they’re not listened to,” Orentstein said.
And they have a lot of money to spend on their trolling efforts.
“It’s not just a matter of, ‘Oh, we’re just trolls.
We’re out there for fun,'” Orensstein said, “because the people who are making these racist or sexist comments are people who have very wealthy backgrounds and who are using their money to buy advertising, or they are people with very large audiences.”