Social Media and Cyberbullying Essay

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Social media has changed the way people communicate with each other and in turn, has affected our ability to empathize in both negative and positive ways. One of the most harmful consequences is the rise of cyber-bullying, which can be found from a hateful Facebook post by a classmate to anonymous trolling in the comments sections of websites. Some argue that social media is a breeding ground for this type of behavior while others say it would still take place even if you removed the medium. Thomas J. Billitteri’s “Cyberbullying” sees social media as a cause of bullying and states out of the teenagers using social media, forty percent have a least once claimed to have been cyber bullied. Child advocates view the incivility from …show more content…
Moreover, offline, they still have a lot of problems (Nicol pg. 3). Despite the argument over social media being the cause of cyber-bullying or not, it is a widespread issue with a deadly consequences. No matter your belief on the cause of it, individuals still can decide to take personal responsibility by not actively engaging in cyber-bullying themselves and by supporting those who are victims of it. Ascribed statuses are obtained without choice or with little choice while achieved status is obtained by choice through personal endeavors and capability. Even though the two types of statuses are very different, an ascribed status can influence an individual’s choice of achieved status by making them want to change the life they have been born into. It can also go the opposite way and lead them to make choices based on the situation they were born into because they are already in a good situation or they are born in a bad one that is hard to overcome. For an example, a woman is born a female. This is an ascribed status. Growing up she may be treated differently than her male counterparts because she is unfairly considered weaker by some due purely to her sex. She may also be trained to act and behave a certain way because that is considered “ladylike” behavior. In school and her community, she could come to feel this role is unfair and limiting because she knows she is every

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