Oct. 24, 2013 MTV and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Study today released the results of a brand new survey exploring the pervasiveness associated with digital abuse among teens and young adults, how it is affecting America’s youth and how they’re responding to this. According to the survey, trends show how the share of young people affected by digital abuse has declined since last year, with less than half (49 percent) of those surveyed stating that they have experienced digital abuse, compared to 56 percent in 2011. Additionally , virtually every form of digital mistreatment tracked in this study — twenty six out of 27 listed — provides declined. When experiencing digital mistreatment, 44 percent of young people suggest that they seek help from their parents or family, up over 25 % from 2011, and the majority (66 percent) say that telling their parents made the situation better.
Sexting is down nearly 20 percent from 2011, with only about a quarter of young people confirming that they have sent or received “sext” messages, compared with one in 3 in 2011. Meanwhile, just over 10 percent associated with 14-24 year olds say they have shared naked pictures of movies of themselves. While this number continues to be relatively consistent over the past few years, the particular percentage of teens and young adults who say they sent nude pictures to someone they just know online has decreased by more than half since 2009. Additionally , teenagers report less pressure to send nude pictures or videos of by themselves, down over 40 percent compared to 2011 (12 percent vs . 7 percent). Unfortunately there has been less progress on digital dating abuse. On par with 2011, nearly forty percent of young people in a relationship report experiencing some type of digital relationship abuse, with one in 5 stating that their partner provides checked up with them multiple times per day online or via mobile, and that their significant other has read their own text messages without their permission.
The MTV and Associated Press-NORC Center study was released nowadays as part of MTV’s “A THIN LINE” campaign, which has already empowered over 1 . 5 million young people to take action to stop the spread of digital abuse.
Detailed findings from the October 2013 study consist of:
I. POSITIVE MOMENTUM AND RESPONSE
Less than half of young people (49 percent) report experiencing digital mistreatment, representing a nearly 15 % decline from 56 percent in 2011. Some of the positive gains include:
- Drops in twenty six of 27 forms of digital mistreatment (2013 vs . 2011). Some of these consist of:
- A nearly 30 percent drop in reports of individuals using email, IM or cellular phone text messages to spread rumors that will weren’t true (15 percent vs . 21 percent)
- An almost 30 percent decline in reports of individuals impersonating the respondent by signing into his or her email or social media accounts without permission (15 % vs . 21 percent)
- A nearly 25 percent decrease in reviews of spying by logging straight into personal email and/or social media balances without permission (16 percent vs . 21 percent)
When responding to digital abuse:
- A lot more young people are seeking help from parents or family, up over 25 % from 2011. Among the 1 in 3 who asked their parents for help in 2013, a majority (66 percent) say it made the problem better, up 35 percent compared to 2011 (49 percent). Additionally , nearly 20 percent asked a brother for help, and among that will group- over half (57 percent) report that it made the situation much better.
- The most effective responses in order to digital abuse include:
- Changing email, IM, or social networking passwords (nearly three-quarters, or 73 percent, report that this produced the situation better)
- Transforming an email address, screen name or cell phone number (72 percent report this particular made the situation better)
- Deleting a social networking profile (72 percent report this made the problem better)
- Telling parents (66 percent report this produced the situation better).
- Retaliation is now cited because the least effective response, with twenty percent saying that it made the problem worse. Nearly 50 percent viewed retaliation as an effective response in 2011, compared to less than 30 percent in 2013, representing a nearly 40 percent decline.
II. SEXTING AND RELATIONSHIPS
The number of young people who have delivered or received “sext” messages provides declined. Of the young people who have contributed naked pictures or videos associated with themselves, over half (66 percent) say they sent naked pictures of themselves to their boyfriend or girlfriend, and less than 15 % have shared naked pictures with someone they only know online, marking a more than 50 percent decline since 2009.
Whilst fewer young people report sending or receiving “sext” messages, digital relationship abuse has unfortunately remained fairly consistent, with nearly 40 % of young people who are currently in the relationship experiencing some form of digital mistreatment:
- Around one particular in five report that their own partner has checked up with all of them multiple times per day online or via mobile (22 percent), and that their own significant other has read their sms without their permission (21 percent).
- Nearly 10 percent state their significant other has called all of them names, put them down, or said mean things to them on the Internet or on their cell phone (9 percent) or demanded to know the passwords to their email and Internet accounts (8 percent).
- Nearly twenty percent of young people say they will feel pressured by their partner to reply to their phone calls, emails, texts, or instant messages.