Cyberbullying is so much more than just spreading hateful rumors or demeaning others through a computer screen. Cyberbullying has been linked to teen depression.
The digital age has brought social media to an entire new level of technology and this technology is here to stay, however more and more often we’re seeing teenagers suffer from depression and sometimes even take their own lives due to the effects of online bullying.
Cyberbullying is a topic many people are aware of, but not many people are educated about the health effects that go along with it. According to Michele Hamm, a researcher in pediatrics at the University of Alberta, argued that studies have shown that, “face-to-face bullying during the teen years may double the risk of depression in adulthood, and bullying’s effects can be as bad or worse than child abuse.” Double the risk of depression in adulthood?! That’s startling. As of now, about 14.8 million American adults suffer from depression and due to this digital age that has brought about cyberbullying, that number will continue to climb as the generation gets older.
Depression is the one of the leading mental health disorders in people and it can be easily overlooked or belittled by those who do not know the serious consequences of ignoring depression.
We cannot let cyberbullying continue to effect our society. Cyberbullying is real. Depression is real. We must take action to prevent this health issues from arising due to cyberbullying. Just think about how harmful your words can be to someone, and always just think before you speak. It’s important to realize that every individual you encounter is going through a different journey and life that you lead.