Millennials and Gen X-ers Have Serious Concerns About Cyberbullying.
Whether we like it or not, social media plays a large role in our everyday lives. It is an especially important factor in the lives of Generation X-ers and Millennials. With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites, the younger generation has grown up with digital communication, immediate and vast reach, and constant social influence. Cyberbullying seems like the natural social progression.
But perhaps one of the increasing concerns plaguing Generation X and Millennials is cyberbullying. According to a survey conducted by Reportlinker, 71% of this generation is concerned about being bullied online. In fact, many reported being the victims of threats, racist remarks, sexist attacks, and even revenge porn.
The results also showed that for this demographic, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular sites even though Facebook remains the largest social media site. And the areas where cyberbullying occurs is text messaging first, then on Facebook, followed by Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
As a result, 68% of young people share less personal information on social media than they did before. And young women were targeted more than any other group with 61% receiving unwanted and embarrassing attention.
Also, participants reported 35% of them receiving racist remarks and 34% receiving sexist attacks. Revenge porn and non-consensual image sharing was reported by 23% of those surveyed.
It seems that the bullies that once plagued the playground at school are now using another way to harass others. Today, we understand a lot more about bullying than we did a generation ago. Before, being bullied was sometimes viewed as a rite of passage and you simply dealt with it. But even then, the reach wasn’t as great or on the record for all of time. Today however, we recognize it as extremely destructive and harmful behavior. This can even lead to suicide for the person being bullied. If you are being bullied or harassed, don’t keep it a secret. Instead, tell a teacher, parent, police or counselor and get help. In many states, harassment and online cyberbullying is a crime. Inform someone about this issue and don’t suffer in silence.