The Psychology of Haters | Gregory S. Parks

In 1997, Will Smith introduced a new word into the American lexicon: "hater." In his hit, Gettin' Jiggy wit It, he rapped that he had "no love for the haters," because they were, implicitly, motivated by envy. In 2001, the R&B group 3LW, in their song Playas Gon' Play, provided more context for understanding haters by telling us "playas gon' play [and] haters gon' hate." In his 2010 book, Watching YouTube: Extraordinary Videos by Ordinary People, Michael Strangelove describes haters as people or groups of people who express hatred in public forums -- e.g., YouTube and Facebook. The Oxford Dictionary tells us that a hater is "[a] person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing," o