Who’s at risk for bullying on social media?
In a nutshell- everyone. Although much of the attention to social media bullying revolves around children and teenagers, adults are not immune. In the United States, 40 percent of adults have personally experienced some type of online harassment. Seventy-five percent have witnessed bullying online.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry describes a Catch-22 where people who were previously suffering from mental health issues such as depression were more likely to be bullied online than those who were not, thus exacerbating their symptoms.
The most recent examples of social media bullying coming from adults have played out in the current political climate, with the bullying coming from all over the political spectrum. Celebrities are also a common target of hate on social media platforms.
In many states, cyberbullying is considered a crime, and it’s important to seek help if you’ve been a victim. It’s not healthy to bottle up emotions, and doing so can have negative psychological and even physical consequences. Talking to a therapist can help alleviate some of that emotional pain.
If you’re suffering from trauma caused by cyberbullying, contact Serene Health at 844-737-3638 or visit our website to book an appointment today.