Sarcastic and Deviant Trolling in Turkey: Associations With Dark Triad and Aggression

Manuoglu E., Oner-Ozkan B.

SOCIAL MEDIA + SOCIETY, vol.8, no.3, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/20563051221126053
  • Journal Name: SOCIAL MEDIA + SOCIETY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Index Islamicus, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: trolling, sarcasm, dark personality, scale development, relational aggression, overt aggression, RELATIONAL AGGRESSION, ONLINE, FACEBOOK, PERSONALITIES, PSYCHOPATHY, BEHAVIORS, TETRAD, SADISM
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is twofold. First, this study develops a new scale measuring sarcastic trolling and investigates the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of the Troll Deviancy Scale. Second, this study explores the associations among different trolling measures, dark triad, and overt and relational aggression. Eight items measuring sarcasm in trolling were written to develop a Likert type of scale. In total, 809 university students participated in the study and completed an online questionnaire. Findings suggested that both the sarcastic trolling scale and the Turkish version of the Troll Deviancy Scales are valid and reliable. Analyses showed that there were significant associations among trolling measures. Moreover, the differential predictive value of dark personality traits and overt and relational aggression in different forms of trolling were revealed. This study extends the existing literature on linking personality traits and aggression to a new form of trolling. Moreover, this study focused on a non-Western culture to examine different forms of trolling behaviors.