New Report Shows Maine Nearly Leads Nation in Online Tro

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This world is filled with exceptional people. Explorers, scientists, world-class athletes, artists, me, teachers, innovators, and the influence and cunning of others have helped shape this nation and the world. Who knows where we would be as a civilization without them.

And then… there’s the other side… the internet trolls.

Internet trolls have certainly had their influence on society. However, it’s not quite the same positive impact of our list above.

Honestly, internet trolls are worthless. Even the definition paints them that way…

According to ipredator.orgtrolling on the internet…

is a colloquialism describing anyone who uses information and communication technology (ICT) to incite, tease, provoke or incite the anger of other online users or online user groups

Quite simply, internet trolls want the world to burn. Some more than others. I’m sure we could explain with a lot of philosophy why trolls act the way they do, but at the end of the day, no one is like them. They are the Statler and Waldorff of the internet world. However, Statler and Woldorff were puppets making fun of other puppets.

I think it’s important to distinguish between trolling and just smashing chops. It might be a fine line, but there are definitely a lot of people who do it more for fun than anything else. Sadly, it’s overshadowed by the spitting of hate and abuse.

So what does this have to do with Maine? A little in fact. Redact.dev, a social media software company, surveyed more than 3,000 people nationwide about trolling posts on social media. According to the company’s statement, Maine had one of the highest incidents of admitted trolling in the country.

It’s true, Mainers love to troll.

Redact.dev says 23% of Maine respondents admitted to trolling someone online. This is well above the national average of 17%. This ranks Maine as the 2nd most trolling state, only behind West Virginia (27%).

(infographic by redacted.dev)

That’s all an admission by Mainers. Unless you have no soul, no one likes to admit they’re a troll, and maybe the wording of the survey questions was vague. But, still, to finish as the second most brutal state online is really saying something.

Am I surprised Maine is so trolly? The best way for me to answer this question is with my experience.

For those who don’t know, before coming to WBLM I spent the last 15 years in sports radio. The best way to describe sports radio audience is like performing on stage in the movie Relay. People either love you or hate your guts. I’ve certainly had my fair share of trolls. And, while they can be brutal, you can get used to them.

However, many can struggle with constant hate, bullying and abuse. It can get tiring and downright vicious. Honestly, online abuse is really no joke.

It is important to allow appropriate speech if there are disagreements in the conversation. We will never have one voice in unison. Honestly, we shouldn’t. However, it would be nice to see a high level of compassion in this world. Stop the hate and just enjoy life.

We have to do better, Maine.

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