Is there no safe space we can turn to these days? It wasn’t long ago that we would feel secure in our homes for the most part.
But that’s not always the case anymore. Since we spend so much time online nowadays, the opportunity to be bullied follows us everywhere.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening. And the numbers are staggering.
Majority of Americans have experienced online harassment
You’ve probably noticed an uptick in hate speech online lately. Especially on social media.
Sites like Facebook and Twitter have been full of vitriol since before the 2016 elections. Facebook even admitted to accepting money for fake ads that were used to divide our country. And things are getting worse.
The Anti-Defamation League released the results of a study this week that shows over half of U.S. adults say they’ve experienced some type of harassment online.
The study was taken in December of 2018 and that number is way up from the year before. In 2017, a Pew Research poll showed that just 41 percent of U.S. adults had been harassed online.
In this survey, 41 percent said they had experienced name-calling, 22 percent received physical threats, and 18 percent had been sexually harassed. Below is a chart of the full survey.
Percentage of U.S. adults who have experienced harassment online:
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Many people reported online abuse in response to their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability. A majority who took part in the study said they want lawmakers and websites to be more aggressive in stopping the hate. Nearly 80% said they think the government should make laws stronger, to help it safer for people online.
Bonus: Quitting Facebook for 30 days can make life better
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But all those perceived benefits come at a great cost. In this Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a recent study that shows even a temporary break from Facebook can lead to greater happiness and satisfaction for almost everyone.