Cyberbullying is the bullying of the modern era. It is a very new type of bullying, and it’s a great example of the evolution of humanity. Only 30 years ago, cyberbullying did not exist. It probably didn’t exist because the technology that is used for cyberbullying today did not exist. Cell phones didn’t exist, and neither did computers or the internet. But humanity evolved, and with it came some of the best progressions of technology, like cyberbullying. The only type of bullying that existed before the recent technological progression was physical bullying. Physical bullying exists today too, but cyberbullying is more prominent. It is a very good thing that cyberbullying exists and is as popular as it is, because cyberbullying is a very positive piece of our society today. It is quite life changing, and as it is, ⅓ of these social media-using teenagers have experienced it. It would be best for all teenagers to experience it during their adolescence.
Why is cyberbullying such a great thing about the 21st century? It’s a form of bullying that hurts people emotionally rather than physically. But really, it doesn’t hurt people emotionally either. Cyberbullying makes teenagers feel better about themselves. It is one of the most uplifting feelings to be cyberbullied. The most common types of cyberbullying are the spreading of rumors and the posting of “mean and hurtful comments.” Contrary to popular belief, both of these examples of cyberbullying actually build up teenagers’ self esteem.
Cyberbullying was strongly related to suicidal thoughts in teenagers in comparison to traditional bullying, which introduces an interesting difference between bullying 30 years ago and bullying today. A survey found that 8% of cyberbullying victims have considered ending their own life. This is a good example of Social Darwinism, or natural selection. Occasionally, cyberbullying can have a negative effect on those who experience it, and these “victims” sometimes choose to kill themselves. This is still a positive in terms of the way the world should view cyberbullying, because when someone commits suicide because of the effect cyberbullying had on them, they are helping to solve many issues in the world. Some of these issues include the overpopulation of the world, as well as the overabundance of emotionally weak people of the world. Teenagers who are hurt so easily by this thing called cyberbullying that can build others up should be removed from the gene pool, so it is a positive that they are killing themselves. Another good reason cyberbullying “victims” should kill themselves is to make cyberbullying look even better than it already does. As stated multiple times, cyberbullying is something that all teenagers should experience. If there are some who believe that it shouldn’t be experienced, they should kill themselves, so the numbers and percentages stay even.
There is a difference, though, between being weak and easily hurt by cyberbullying, and being weak and resorting to becoming a cyberbully. 81% of youth think that cyberbullying is easier to get away with than bullying in person. This could possibly be the reason that cyberbullying is much more prominent in today’s day and age, because it’s “easier to get away with” than physical bullying. These teenagers who resort to cyberbullying are what you would call “proactive.” They are figuring out a way to get out their sadness, anger, and other negative feelings. Those who are cyberbullied simply sit and wallow in their sadness until they feel the positive effect of this wonderful thing called cyberbullying. Sometimes it takes time, but as said before, cyberbullying is a good thing for children to experience, so they eventually feel the good that comes from it.
More than 1 in 3 adolescents experience cyber threats online. That’s over 33% of teenagers. However, that number should increase, because the more teenagers that can become a victim of cyberbullying, the better. The cycle must continue if teenagers are to continue living the happy lives that they are living.