Yesterday’s lunch conversation:
A: “In my free time, I like to troll people on the internet. It is so funny if you go to some forum and make an outrageous statement, and all the stupid people think you are serious and there are 100 answers trying to explain to you why you are wrong… People are so stupid.”
Everyone: “HAHAHAHAHAH. That’s hilarious.”
Me: “Why would anyone do that? I don’t get it. All you do is waste other people’s time and nerves, and increase the amount of anger on the planet, for nothing.”
A: “But we are doing them a service! We are teaching them they should not take things written on the internet seriously!”
Aha. So trolls are there to make the point that trolls might exist! Probably thieves only steal your wallet to tell you that you should look after your wallet.
Up to now, I could just not find a way to understand the motivation behind trolling. How weird do you have to be to get entertained by people getting angry at you, for an opinion that you are most likely not even serious about?
Apparently only as weird as the people I eat lunch with.