The Darkside of Social Media; Cyberbullying



Today in the world our lives are revolved and documented through the medium of the Internet. All we do, including work and social interaction is done on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. We today, especially teenagers consistently and continuously use social media to chat and interact with fellow friends and people. The social media world however presents a great problem, as it is said with anything powerful and vast there is always a rising problem. In this case I want to look at c because it is a major epidemic when it comes to social media and its influence on people.


Today in our society we do much of our interaction through Facebook, Twitter and Google+ etc. which creates a connection between people from different regions and cultures however this vast connection and connectivity creates a looming and very problematic, serious problem. Cyberbullying is basically the term which describes the use of technology to abuse and harass other people in a deliberate manner. With social media platforms such as Facebook, this is quite evident within its organization. When we look at the figures of Facebook and Twitter, we can see the problems with cyberbullying because the more people you have on one particular social media site then the more problems you will have with Cyberbullying.

The Social Media boom has created great opportunities but Cyberbullying remains n. Cyber bullying has caused great dismay and doubt within the social media world because some incidents involving online harassment and invasion of privacy has led to very tragic and upsetting conclusions. And its the use of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ that people use in order to attack someone emotionally because of personal reasons and this is detrimental to the victim because word spreads so quickly on social media. When information is dispersed, whether it be gossip or personal, this information cannot be deleted nor erased because social media, world-wide web is so powerful that it cannot be deleted, it is impossible. People have been subjected and harassed on-line due or in relation to the following;

  • Ethnicity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Looks and appearance
  • Obesity
  • Popularity
  • School (Teenagers particularly are discussed in relation to Cyberbullying)
  • Skin Colour
  • Jealousy
  • Etc..

There is many cases that highlight the problem of social media and cyberbullying. One case in particular that falls under the realm of the cyberbullying epidemic is the suicide of Tyler Clementi. The video above explains what happened. Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010, September due to the fact his roommate leaked his sexual encounters with another man onto the web. The culprit, Tyler’s College roommate Dharun Ravi had leaked live video camera in their room computer. The live video was leaked online by Ravi, which depicted Tyler and his partner kissing for the first time. Ravi also used his Twitter account to show people how to access the camera in order to see Clementi and his male partner. Shortly after Tyler found out, he committed suicide by jumping of the Washington Bridge. The case raised attention to the subject of cyberbullying and its dangers but also to the LGBT organization over the issue of it being a hate crime because Tyler was homosexual. Other cases include Jessica Logan, Amanda Todd, all which underline the seriousness of cyberbullying and how it can affect and certainly endanger people subjected to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying aside from Suicide leads to depression along with suicide thoughts and also loneliness and feeling worthless. Below is a video is a short film highlighting Cyberbullying.

Looking to the Future; Cyberbullying

We may ask ourselves why do such fellow human beings do such things to one other, why do people revel in humiliating and shaming another human, making them feel worthless. I for one will take a stand and will always highlight cyberbullying because we live in such a vast and dependent that information can be corrupted and people get hurt in the process, often leading to tragic ends. The people that have died as a result from social media bullying, cyberbullying again makes up question what should be done. What has to be done is that we need to tackle social media harder, we have to enforce authority on those that set out to hurt others. We have to raise awareness and also society has to be and support those who are struggling in life because of cyber bullying. Social will grow and so will cyberbullying will become more of a problem, cyberbullying will always be present, it will never be eliminated but what we have to do is contain and limit cyberbullying, and punish those who corrupt and abuse other people due to their naivety and crudeness. I look to the future of social media with open eyes, do the same, always be aware of the dangers of social media. And if you know of someone that is being cyberbullied step in and take action, and if you know of someone that is cyberbullying report them as soon as possibly because that is the good thing to do. We will stand and fight cyberbullying as a society. Thanks folks tune in next week where I will be doing trends on social media next week, the good and bad side of trends!


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Wayne Conway

Irish Student of New Media and English

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