Cyber Bullying For Fun Common In Under-30s
Does anyone remember the days of MySpace? Before Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr became popular social mediums, this particular site was all the rage. From managing a selection of your top friends to decorating your page that exuded your personality with a matching profile song, MySpace let us connect with others and have some fun. Let’s not forget the bulletin boards where you’d keep up to date with your friends’ social lives. It’s also here where you could sometimes start a gossip train and spread malicious rumors about others. Of course, if your own friend participated in that nonsense, you’d simply remove them from your Top 8 Friends (social suicide).
In later years, we took to other forms of media to humiliate others online. This constant harassment usually led to videos being uploaded mocking their victims and more. If anyone remembers the infamous Jessi Slaughter incident which opened a door into a chaotic period for users online, some may be reminded of how said victim’s father threatened to report individuals to the cyber police and have them arrested. As laughable as that situation was, there was not much to be done. Harassment was the only viable and pursuable option and many still won’t do much about reporting it.
Our friends at YouGov have provided a study that goes into short detail about a small age group that seem to enjoy riling others online. For me, personally, my only enjoyment is at the expense of close friends and associates as I can’t be bothered to belittle others online. Of course, if you read the comments on YouTube that may be enough to get your blood boiling. Such trolling is done at a younger age, and giving in to such foolishness is often tempting. Older groups tend to not get into much heated discussions — unless you read comments on controversial news articles, in which case you’re begging for sweet escape from the human race.
Some youths may find joy out of such a despair-inducing act, and I can’t condone per se. Bullying is awful, and online can be much worse. Some may say to turn off your computer and get away but most seem to forget our world revolves around technology, more so now than ever. With the click of a button, e-mailing embarrassing photos, posting slanderous statuses and tweets, one may forget that those being made fun are actual people. No one likes to be made fun of, self-deprecating jokes are one thing but constantly harassing others for the sake of it is shameful and harmful.
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