Drunkards, Trolls and Politicians

Wissenschaftler haben herausgefunden, das Anonymität, Alkohol und Macht die gleichen neurologischen und psychologischen Trigger auslöst und zu extremen Verhalten führen kann. Am interessantesten finde ich ja hier den Macht-Teil, letztenendes könnte man Politiker, die aus Machtgeilheit und Lobbyinteressen mal wieder Dinge upfucken, nichts anderes als Trolle mit einem Alkoholproblem sind. Der Gedanke erscheint mir ziemlich schlüssig.

When people lose their inhibitions, they often behave in a manner more consistent with their true motives or character. At the same time, they also tend to be more easily influenced by their environment.

"In effect, disinhibition can both reveal and shape the person, as contradictory as that may sound," Professor Galinsky said.

The end result is that power, alcohol and anonymity can all inspire either strong pro- or anti-social sentiments in people.

The study may help explain why anonymous commentators on the web often appear to hold extreme views.

Anonymous alcoholics? Study finds web trolls get a feeling of abandon similar to drunks (via Techdirt)