Social media teens’ Twitter posts linked to violence against women
Social media is the hottest news of the day, with reports that teen girls are using the platform to share stories of sexual violence and other abuse.
But what about the teens who are using it to get to the bottom of the problem?
A new study, which looks at data from more than 1.5 million Twitter accounts across the world, found that social media users are using their accounts to encourage each other to report abuse and violence against their peers.
“There is an alarming trend of teens and young adults engaging in inappropriate and violent behavior, and it is time for all adults to work together to prevent these issues from happening in the first place,” said lead author of the study, Rebecca W. Olliot, a doctoral student at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
“Social media has been a powerful platform for the proliferation of inappropriate behavior and bullying, and we need to hold those responsible for perpetuating this culture accountable,” Ollot said.
The study was published Monday in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, a peer-reviewed journal of academic psychology.
The authors say their findings underscore the need for social media to better monitor and combat abusive behavior.
“We’re starting to see a lot of new voices on the social media platform, and social media is just a great place to find those voices,” said Jessica P. Nisbet, a senior researcher at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Atlanta, Georgia.
“It’s important that we understand what those voices are, and then we can start addressing them.
The researchers found that Twitter users who were younger than 15 had the most aggressive behavior.
The researchers said it’s a pattern that seems to persist even after a Twitter user is an adult.”
We’re seeing more and more people who are 20s, 30s and 40s engaging in violent behavior.””
They’re more likely to engage in self-harm and to do things like assault and murder.
We’re seeing more and more people who are 20s, 30s and 40s engaging in violent behavior.”
In the study of more than 3,600 Twitter accounts from 20 countries, the researchers found similar trends.
Twitter users in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East were the most likely to abuse and bully other people.
But in Africa, the study found the most frequent bullying of other teens and youth was against girls and women.
“This is one of the ways that social networks can play a role in helping to prevent bullying,” Olliot said, “because they’re used by many people who have a tendency to be aggressive and to not know when to stop.”
Social media users also shared information about violent crime, from the number of reported cases of homicide to the frequency of arrests of the perpetrators.
But when it came to reporting abuse, the teens and youths that reported being victimized reported that it was much more likely that they would report it online rather than in person.
Social media is also a hotbed for sexual assault.
More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in the United States have been sexually assaulted, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
It’s the highest rate of sexual assault of any age group in the country, and the researchers said this is a serious issue.
“These are the young women who are going out into the world to do this, and they’re going to be sexually assaulted by men,” Nesbet said.
“It’s really important for us to be careful about using social media as a tool for encouraging young people to report sexual violence.
It needs to be used more in an individual and community context.”
The study also found that the teens were more likely than their peers to report that they were victimized by someone they knew personally.
“When you see these accounts, you get a feeling of trust and confidence in your peers, and you’re just like, ‘Okay, that’s cool, that makes sense,'” Ollion said.