Online Harassment: The New Normal

Online Harassment: The New Normal

Pew Research Center released a new study that shows how prevalent and devastating online harassment has become. Forty percent of Americans have personally experienced it, while two-thirds of all Americans have seen it done to others. Social media is where most of it is taking place. More than a quarter of all people are unwilling to comment on social media for fear of being harassed. The study points out the terrible, real life consequences that occur to those people who are the recipients of online harassment. This is likely to become a benchmark study for future measurements of a key part of the social fabric of civility that appears to be quickly fraying.

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