Social media has become an integral part of our daily routines. This is why understanding digital sociology is crucial when talking about cyberbullying. The study of how we use different technology and how it affects human behaviour and patterns is the most essential weapon when combating the issue.
The Good And The Bad
Like everything in our lives, there are always pros and cons. Social media is meant to bring people together in different ways. Content creators can display their work and gain appreciation as well as recognition. Family members or friends who live apart from each other can also close the gap using social media.
That said, there are many unsavoury people out there. Since membership to most social media platforms is free, you can hardly know who you’ll meet as you browse. Many people tend to post their opinions, views and even pictures on their personal accounts. Cyberbullying starts when one person does not agree with your views or dislikes what you have posted. What ensues is hateful projections and vulgar language targeted towards the person they disagree with and mostly ends badly.
The angry remarks and negative comments may have drastic effects on someone’s mental health. It is evident that cyberbullying on social media has taken a toll on many people and some have been driven to drastic ends such as taking their own lives. Others get severe depression and self-esteem issues. Some social media platforms discourage this through bans but inevitably, it is hard to keep up with all the occurrences.