Friday, June 12, 2015

Excessive Facebook Commenting Correlates With Psychopathy & Machiavellianism

I saw that which you see here on Facebook a couple days ago.

This particular Facebook post did not indicate who these psychologists were who determined habitual Internet commenting correlated with hateful personality pathologies. Or how it was the amount of time spent doing so somehow related to sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

Machiavellianism? Making a lot of comments has you being Machiavellian? As in a scheming prince of a manipulator?

I have actually observed a person with a very hateful personality who did do a lot of online commenting who did come across as a bit of a psychopath. But Machiavellian? She was far too stupid to be Machiavellian.

Anyway, this Machiavellian online commenter thing somehow led me to an effect I had not heard of before, that being the Dunning–Kruger effect. A blurb from the Wikipedia article about this very serious effect....

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. Conversely, highly skilled individuals tend to underestimate their relative competence, erroneously assuming that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.

Interesting, the illusory superiority part of this Dunning-Kruger effect thing also describes the aforementioned inept psychopath with the hateful personality.

The online comments of that particular psychopath do come across as hateful, mean-spirited, trying to start a fight, frequently called a "troll", yet more than anything, coming across as an ignorant, stupid, know-it-all.

Wait a second. Am I describing myself?

Anyway, I'm done being Machiavellian now.....


Anonymous said...

You should never call your sister 'stupid.' Unless she is.

WalmartRamen said...

I did a story on stuff like that.
"I don't know if it is the fact of it being your degree is only valued on
the paper it's printed on, and the masses out there have Master hillbilly
degrees in Psychology and push such harmful resolve to drug the patient first,
being how the pharmaceutical money flows they say "Your, stupid, your stupid!"
if you go against the BS! It could be the country thinking a Special kind
of stupid, backward thinking, your smart and that makes you stupid.
Your considerate so that makes you intrusive.
Country thinking relating to their master degree at their redneck college
they went to so they can say "Im just as smart as you!"
without being in the fire learning what is norm!
In a high up judgmental position without being in life,
in the real type life is stupid.
Usually one that gets out in the world and sees what they learned is BS
and learns better. Education starts after school!"
Well it's true!

Durango said...

Anonymous, I would never be so disingenuous as to claim I did not have a stupid sister, but it was no stupid sister to whom I was referring in this blog post....