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Teen Behavior and Experiences on Social Networking Sites

View of Teens on Their Own Peers

  • 20% of teens think that their peers are mostly unkind on social networking sites.
  • Younger teen girls are more likely to say that peers are mostly unkind than other groups (39% of younger teen girls compared to 9% of younger teen boys, 20% of older teen girls, and 18% of older teen boys).
  • This is a Wordle composed of what teens commonly thought of others:


Negative Experiences While Online:

  • 41% of social media using teens reported specific negative experiences on social networking sites.
  • 25% of social media using teens reported negative online experiences resulting in a face to face argument or confrontation with someone else.
  • 22% of social media using teens reported negative online experiences resulting in the ending of a friendship with someone else.
  • 13% of social media using teens reported negative online experiences resulting in making such person nervous about going to school the next day.
  • 13% of social media using teens reported negative online experiences resulting in causing a problem with such teen’s parent(s).
  • 8% of social media using teens reported negative online experiences resulting in a physical fight with another person.
  • 6% of social media using teens reported negative online experiences resulting in getting such teen in trouble at school.

Witnessing of Online Cruelty and Meanness:

  • 12% of teens witness online cruelty and meanness frequently.
  • 27% of teens witness online cruelty and meanness sometimes.
  • 47% of teens witness online cruelty and meanness once in a while.

How Cyberbullying Occurs:

  • 18% of teens have claimed to have experienced mean or cruel behavior on a social networking site.
  • 9% of all teens said that they have been bullied by text message during the period from July 2010 to July 2011.
  • 8% of all teens said that they have been bullied online during the period from July 2010 to July 2011.
  • 7% of all teens said that they have been bullied by phone calls during the time period from July 2010 to July 2011.