Dangers Of Cyberbullying

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Social media is becoming increasingly dangerous to young people everywhere. Social media was created to do great things like connect us with family and friends, allow us to stay in touch with news, and have vast information at our fingertips. However, like most things, social media has drifted from its original purpose and if not used carefully and responsibly can be harmful to mental health. Considering the immense push toward social media it is important to note that the negative impact it has on the mental health of its users is growing exponentially. Although home computers did not become common until the late 1990s, the first form of social media was created in the 1960s with instant messaging (“Social Networking Safely”). The purpose …show more content…
The likeliness of cyberbullying increases with each new social media site that is created. This form of bullying is becoming more and more popular because it is convenient and allows individuals to remain anonymous while victims are defenseless and vulnerable (Carter and Wilson). Cyberbullying differs from traditional bullying in the sense that it can be done anywhere at any time and many more people can see it. Whereas traditional bullying is usually done within a set period of time, few people see it, and it can be avoided to some extent. Due to the anonymity of social media it is nearly impossible to find the true identity of a cyberbully which discourages adolescents from reporting being …show more content…
Patchin and Hinduja conducted a study of 571 participants, the majority of which were Caucasian females younger than 18. They found that nearly 30 percent of participants reported being victims of cyberbullying. However, more than half did not report the bullying to an adult (Carter and Wilson). This study shows the reality of cyberbullying. The results state that over one quarter of people are victims of cyberbullying, that is not including those that are affected by it in any other way. The long term effects of cyberbullying on mental health are expansive but some of the most common are depression, emotional distress, anxiety, eating disorders, and sexual exploitation (Carter and Wilson). Each of these disorders can also be harmful to physical health if they become severe enough and could even result in suicidal thoughts or

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