2018 Study Reveals Trolls Outnumber Humans In America For The First Time Ever
A government sanctioned pre-census occured in 2018 as a practice run to the 2020 official nationwide census. The study revealed many things we already know, but there were a few surprises found in the study. The primary difference between this and previous censuses is the number of trolls in America. For the purposes of the study Merriam-Webster’ definition was used: “Someone who harasses, criticizes, or antagonizes (someone) especially with provocatively disparaging or mocking public statements, postings, or acts.” Here are the top 5 most interesting things we now know about trolls in America.
1 - For the first time ever, trolls outnumber humans in the general population (51% to 49%). But when you look specifically at who is online, we find that on social media trolls outnumber humans 2 to 1.
2 - Trolls are multiplying quickly. In the 2000 census, trolls only made up approximately 27% of Americans. In 1950 the percentage was around 6%. Projections reveal that by 2030 trolls will make up approximately 87% of the population. And by 2050 there will likely be less than 50 humans roaming the country.
3 - 23% of American humans consume at least 28 hours of junk news every day. We aren’t quite sure how that is possible, but it is what it is. The number is higher among trolls, hitting 94%.
4 - Among humans of voting age, 36% voted in the last two elections. The number for trolls was much higher. 87% of trolls voted in the 2016 and 2018 elections. This number makes sense as more of their kind were running for and winning office than ever before.
5 - Perhaps the most shocking statistic revealed by the study is that Christians make up nearly half of all trolls in the nation (43%). Former pastor and current researcher, Jeff Palmer says this isn’t as shocking as it may seem. “Anyone who has been in church for a decade or more has run into Christian trolls in board meetings, at business meetings, hanging out in the foyer after a sermon about sin, fellowshipping at a covered dish meal, and pretty much anywhere Christians gather. A close reading of Paul’s epistles will reveal that this is nothing new, and something we should expect to encounter.”