The Pew Research Center has released their first ever study on trolling, and online harassment, and the results may be shocking to some.
I say that they may be shocking to some people because as someone who spends all of my time on the Internet, pumping out blog articles tens of times each day, I’m pretty accustomed to being told to kill myself by spineless, nameless Internet trolls. And when you spend as much of your time on the Internet as we do here at BroBible it’s easy to forget that trolling isn’t the norm (for the record: it makes it more fun when you guys troll in the comments).
So, the Pew Research Center has released some interesting data that basically proves trolling is commonplace.
Of the more illuminating findings:
73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it
60% of internet users said they had witnessed someone being called offensive names
53% had seen efforts to purposefully embarrass someone
25% had seen someone being physically threatened
24% witnessed someone being harassed for a sustained period of time
19% said they witnessed someone being sexually harassed
18% said they had seen someone be stalked
27% of internet users have been called offensive names
22% have had someone try to purposefully embarrass them
8% have been physically threatened
8% have been stalked
7% have been harassed for a sustained period
6% have been sexually harassed
Also, the types and was in which online harassment/trolling is experienced is very different when comparing men vs. women:
Data in this report are drawn from the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel, a
probability-based, nationally representative panel. This survey was conducted May 30 – June 30,
2014 and self-administered via the internet by 2,849 web users, with a margin of error of plus or
minus 2.4 percentage points. For more information on the American Trends Panel, please see the
Methods section at the end of this report.
So, we now know how prevalent trolling is, but how and to what degree does it effect individuals?
• 14% of those who have experienced online harassment found their most recent incident
• 14% found it very upsetting
• 21% said it was somewhat upsetting
• 30% reported it was a little upsetting
• 22% found it not at all upsetting