“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”
― Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means
Technology has displayed its dominance over human lives via different mediums, ranging from mobile phones, Internet to computers that allow people to access information immediately. Despite providing the much-needed information on just a click, technology has emerged as a means to intrude into people’s lives and exploit them. In fact, technology is associated with the rise in the number of suicide cases, especially among adolescents.
The advancement of technology has allowed people to keep a track of their friends on the popular social media websites, send instant messages, create blogs, share pictures and online videos, etc. While technology is a boon to humankind in some ways, it is also a channel to exploit people, commit heinous crimes and inflict injuries on the innocent. The mushrooming of social networking sites (SNSs), such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., has set the alarm bells ringing in the society due to the rise of the practice of inflicting torments and threats through such sites.
Cyberbullying has become quite common these days, due to the easy access to technologies, such as smartphones and Internet. Due to the easy access to people’s lives and information related to everyday activities, technology has prompted many to indulge in different forms of cyberbully behavior.
Many a times, people perpetrating cyberbullying are not aware of the unpredictable and dangerous repercussions on the victim. Reports from ABC News have highlighted that more than 160,000 children prefer staying at home due to the fear of being bullied at school. The current article discusses the ins and outs of cyberbullying on the impressionable minds of adolescents.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has underlined that the regular exposure to any form of bullying pushes the young minds toward suicide, which has emerged as the second leading cause of death among people in the age group 10 to 34.
Students encountering bullying are twice as likely to suffer from mental issues, such as depression, anxiety, etc. They are also likely to witness difficulties in sleeping, headaches and stomachaches quite often, apart from difficulties in adjusting to school.
Several studies based on the analysis of online phenomenon highlighted that cyberbullying on SNSs is linked to depression in teenagers. Many youngsters when subjected to abuse on such sites often fail in handling a bully and eventually end up being depressed.
Due to the spike in cyberbullying, several sites have integrated safety measures across their platforms to expunge abusive comments. Of all, high school is the germinating ground for different kinds of bullying practices.
About 81 percent of youngsters admitted of engaging in cyberbullying because they think it is funny. Despite such a spike in cyberbullying, victims usually do not report such incidents to the authorities, and instead decide to overcome the challenges on their own way. This eventually leads to depression.
Suicide by youngsters has become a significant public health concern in the recent times. According to a survey conducted by the CDC, one in six high school students has seriously considered the option of suicide. Moreover, one in 12 has attempted suicide. The suicide rate has risen from 6.3 percent in 2009 to 7.8 percent in 2011, due to a rise in bullying.
While a few instances of cyberbullying can be brushed off, some of them that tend to last for a prolonged period with the potential to wreak havoc on a person’s mental and emotional state. When it becomes too difficult to handle the heightened level of stress, suicide comes across as the only way to end all miseries and sufferings.
If you know someone, who is suffering from any kind of mental illness caused due to cyberbullying affecting his or her normal life, contact the Arizona Mental Health Helpline. We can help you connect to the state-of-the-art mental health treatment centers in Arizona that are equipped to handle any kind of mental health concerns. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-606-7791 or chat online with one of our experts to know more about the best residential mental health treatment centers in Arizona.
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