Internet Gutter Sociopath Community

first_imgThe internet is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other online. In this new ongoing series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.Sociopath CommunityThey say that one out of every 25 people qualifies for the DSM-IV definition of “sociopath.” That’s a person “characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture.” Or, in layman’s terms, a total dick who doesn’t care that they’re a dick. Warning signs of a sociopath include a charming outward nature that hides a manipulative core, as well as a lack of regret for their actions. Our friends at Wikihow have more.For modern society to run, we can’t all be sociopaths. Typically, they either subsume their lack of morals out of the desire to blend in or become criminals and get profiled on cheap basic cable TV shows.But the internet allows all kinds of people to find each other, and it shouldn’t surprise you that a whole world of self-described sociopaths congregate on a website made especially for that purpose. Welcome to Sociopath Community.Introductions“This site is 18+ and NSFW with only 1 rule: Do not ruin the usability of this site (such as spam, flooding, or illegal activities).”That’s how Sociopath Community introduces itself, and it isn’t kidding. The users of this site are all self-diagnosed sociopaths, and as such don’t really give a rat’s ass about your feelings. So naturally they hang out on a website that looks like a relic from the late 1990s, sharing South Park memes, and fantasizing about mass murder.The best way to get a handle on the population of the Sociopath Community is from the Selfie Thread, where posters share unfiltered images of themselves. Plenty of V for Vendetta T-shirts, vape pens, and dirty bathroom mirrors.Another good place to start is the Memorable Quotes From Forum Members thread. That’s where long-time posters regurgitate their favorite monologues and one-liners to each other. What rises to the top on this site is truly special, and we’ll share some of it later.Flame War CentralSo how do you think a website full of people incapable of feeling empathy for each other get along? Not very well. Just about every thread devolves into internecine squabbling about whether the posters are “real” sociopaths or just poseurs pretending. Because it’s a relatively anonymous board, they also have lots of problems with posters registering multiple accounts.One of the biggest divides in the forum comes between the people who are there to have intellectual discussions of sociopathy and its ramifications and teenage 4chan refugees with anime avatars who are there to make fun of them. The interesting thing about this conflict is that it’s hard to say which side is more sociopathic. Looking for authentic communication on the internet is “beta,” the term the community uses to describe non-sociopaths. So it’s possible that the weeaboo edgelords might be the true sociopaths because they’re willing to troll even a community set up for them.Real TimeIf the message board portion of Sociopath Community wasn’t rough enough for you, the site also has a chatroom embedded in every single goddamned page. This is where forumgoers put the thoughts that aren’t worthy of preserving forever, and it’s pretty mind-numbing to read through. After a few hours lurking, you realize that “sociopaths” spend most of their time either hitting on each other or cockblocking each other.Part of the definition of sociopathy is not caring about “belonging” to a group, and only playing along to see what personal advantages it can get you. It’s hard to see that happening here. The posters seem remarkably invested in each other, for better or for worse.Greatest HitsCombing through the morass of this site is enough to drive a normal person a little nuts, but here’s a slideshow of some particularly notable posts. So what do you think? Are these guys actual 4 percenter sociopaths, or just edgelords looking to justify their crappy online behavior while distracting from an actual mental health issue? Is it good that there’s a site that keeps them all in one place, or is Sociopath Community just amplifying their neuroses until one eventually goes Elliot Rodger? <>last_img