Cyber Bullying And Its Effect On The Lives Of The American Population

1530 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The predominance of technology in the 21st century has taken a toll on the lives of the American population, greatly influencing the everyday lives of children and young adults. With technology becoming an everyday aspect of the typical young adult’s day, consequences and issues are bound to come along. While typical face- to- face bullying has been an issue in schools from the beginning of time, the introduction to social media and the overall expanded everyday use of cyber time by the youth elevated and further expanded bullying issues, thus creating cyber bullying. Cyber bullying proves to be detrimental to the youth community, inflicting great psychological consequences.
Cyberbullying revolves around the same idea as that of typical bullying, with its main intent being to cause harm. Cyberbullying is defined as “bullying or harassment through the Internet, cell phones, or other electronic devices, its main common methods involve the use of instant messaging, chat rooms, and email” (Chang et al., 2013, p. 455). Cyberbullying can include sharing an individual’s private, embarrassing information, and threats of harm; however, the “the most common types of cyberbullying were name-calling or insults, circulating pictures, and spreading gossip and rumors” (Dineen, 2016, p. 27). While any individual with access to the cyber world runs the risk of being cyberbullied, it is the young people which happen to be the greater concern, as “in the United States [they] spend 7.5 hours…

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