Are You Being Cyberbullied, Or Are You A Cyberbully?
Cyberbullying is an act of bullying that occurs over technology. The term may seem vague to some, but to others the concept is too real. While we often hear stories of teens who took their own lives because of constant cyberbullying, it turns out that teens aren’t the only victims.
According to a poll conducted by Pew Research Center, 40% of adults in the US have been victims of cyberbullying during their adult lives. Also, 75% of American adults have seen cyberbullying occur.
The numbers are shocking considering that bullying is most often associated with high school and teenagers. When presented with these numbers, it should lead people to ask themselves these questions: am I being cyberbullied, or am I a cyberbully?
The answer, of course, could be neither — there are plenty of people who use social spaces online as they are intended to be used. However, there are people who may not notice they are the victims of cyberbullying. At the same time, there are certainly a number of adults who are cyberbullies and don’t even know it.
Am I A Victim Of Cyberbullying?
If you have a social media presence, visit sites like Reddit, have a LinkedIn or use online dating, you’re at risk of cyberbullying.
Whenever someone says something with the intention of making you feel bad about yourself, you’re being cyberbullied. If someone is cyberstalking you or sexually harassing you over the internet, you’re being cyberbullied.
These are things that you should have to learn to put up with. Cyberbullying is an issue that is only going to get worse unless it gets more exposure. While cyberbullying hasn’t made headlines in the past few years, it is still thriving.
Am I A Cyberbully?
This is a tough question to ask yourself. Nobody wants to find out they’re the villain and learning that you’ve been cyberbullying someone can be shameful and embarrassing. However, it’s not too late to stop bullying, make amends and look out for victims.
According to Pew Research Center, the most common example of cyberbullying among adults is name calling. 32% of men and 22% of women polled said they were called offensive names over the internet, through texting or through other means.
The second most common form of cyberbullying was purposeful embarrassment which 24% of men and 20% of women said they were victims of.
These two forms of cyberbullying can often go hand in hand. For example, an email across the office that makes fun of a fellow employee is a form of cyberbullying. Posting rumors of others on social media or through social networking sites is also a form of cyberbullying.
These acts can seem harmless, but you have to imagine yourself in the shoes of the victim. While some people have “thick skin” and can deal with the name calling and rumors, others don’t have an easy time.