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Online harassment affects 40% of US adults, report says

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Stephen66515:


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

40hz:
The vast majority of harassment took place on social networking sites, according to the research.
-Stephen66515 (October 25, 2014, 02:44 PM)
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Which just might be why that 60% who are not experiencing online abuse most likely eschewed "social media" to begin with.  ;) 8)

Stephen66515:
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:

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