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Author Topic: Online harassment affects 40% of US adults, report says  (Read 642 times)

Stephen66515

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Online harassment affects 40% of US adults, report says
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:44:16 PM »


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Some 40% of adults have experienced online harassment, according to a study from the US Pew Research Internet Project.

From name-calling to other threats, harassment is a common part of online life for many, its research suggests.

While men are more likely to experience name-calling, women are more vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking.

The report comes amid a rise in social media abuse aimed at women in the games industry.

The report found that 73% of American adult internet users had witnessed online harassment - from being called offensive names to witnessing someone being stalked online.

It found that young adults - aged 18-29 - are most likely to experience online harassment, with 65% of internet users in this age group claiming to have fallen victim.

The vast majority of harassment took place on social networking sites, according to the research.

View full report and source: http://www.bbc.co.uk.../technology-29741802

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Re: Online harassment affects 40% of US adults, report says
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2014, 03:44:36 PM »
The vast majority of harassment took place on social networking sites, according to the research.

Which just might be why that 60% who are not experiencing online abuse most likely eschewed "social media" to begin with.  ;) 8)

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Re: Online harassment affects 40% of US adults, report says
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2014, 03:50:52 PM »
I don't really understand why people don't just block anybody who isn't on their friends list from contacting them if they are being harassed...or block those who are doing it  :huh: