Victims of Online Harassment Describe Their Experiences:
40% of internet users have personally experienced some form of online harassment, from garden-variety name-calling to more serious examples like sexual harassment and stalking. Respondents who have personally experienced online harassment were asked to elaborate about their most recent incident in their own words. A selection of their quotes is featured below. Read more about online harassment in the full report.
The overall top result of the survey is:
The most people were bullied online by a stranger (38%) on their social networking site (66%) via insults and purposeful embarrassment (49%).
Yet, 1 out of 5 are bullied via the comment section of a website. That’s us, people.
I am relieved to say that no-one has given me any trouble on my WordPress blog. So far, I have only encountered loving support and intelligent disagreement. I am thrilled with the diversity of our community, even though we are limited to English readers only. (Obviously.)
It seems like a hundred years ago that the narcissist and I had a very public and purposefully embarrassing Facebook war. My personal experience was the same as the result of this Pew Survey. Bullied online on my social networking site via insults and purposeful embarrassment. (If I add the percentages together for: unknown, friend, acquaintance, and ex-romantic partner; you get 83%. Respondents were clearly allowed to check more than one answer.)
I will never forget that one moment when a crystal clear warning zoomed into my head and I listened to it and was saved. During the back and forth that I like to call the “Tug-o-War of Love” with the narcissist (David), I had sent him a Facebook friend request in a desperate effort to stay one-tenth of one percent involved in his life, anything to avoid facing the Discard and admitting that he had thrown me away. When he got really ugly and started to turn on me, I suddenly remembered that open invitation. I raced online and found he had gotten there exactly two minutes before me. At the time, my settings were such that any friend was allowed to bulk send messages to my entire contact list. Hohoho. My timing was exquisite as I blocked him with one keystroke before he could bulk mail everyone I corresponded with online. That day, I won the battle.
He still managed to get to our contacts in common and do bad things, but the damages were far less. Mostly, those people blocked him, too, because they felt violated by his evil language. It reflected poorly on his character.
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