What percentage of teenagers and young adults say they've been victims of digital abuse?

What percentage of teenagers and young adults say they've been victims of digital abuse?

by / September 28, 2011

Answer: 56 percent

Where it's online bullying, sexting or digital discrimination, 56 percent of 14- to 24-year-olds say they have experienced a form of digital abuse, according to survey released this week by MTV and The Associated Press.

In the same survey two years ago, it was 50 percent.

The data was compiled from more than 1,300 interviews last month.

Among the findings:

"Some of the most frequent forms of digital harassment include people writing things online that aren’t true (26 percent), people writing things online that are mean (24 percent) and forwarding an instant message or message that was intended to stay private (20 percent)."

"Young women (82 percent) and non-whites (80 percent) are more apt to see digital abuse as a problem than men (70 percent). Additionally those 14- to 17-year-olds are more likely to call it a problem (80 percent) than their older peers (73 percent)."

Matt Williams Associate Editor
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