Trolling and Endorsement of Lying in relation to the Dark Triad on Dating Sites.

Eleanor Grogan


Research has shown the characteristics of the Dark Triad traits; Machiavellianism, Narcissism and Psychopathy, however little research has been done to show how these traits influence behaviour on dating sites. This research aimed to investigate the associations between these traits regarding the endorsement of lying and trolling on dating sites, using survey research methods. The hypotheses predicted that each Dark Triad Trait would be positively associated with endorsement of lying and trolling; an additional point being that psychopathy would be most highly associated with trolling out of the three traits. These hypotheses were fully supported in the findings.