Cyber-Bulling in Adulthood
Not Just for Kids
In school, there is always a bully. Everyone has been bullied, and chances are, even if you didn't actually mean to, you have bullied someone in some way. You would think that once we graduate, get a job, start a family....grow up...that bullies would be left on the playground. Sadly, sometimes it continues. We as adults still have to deal with being picked on, talked down to, coerced into doing things we don't want to do, and being called names. And as adults, we know much worse names than we did as kids.
The Cyber Age
Facebook, MySpace, Twitter. All these are social networking sites where you can reconnect with old friends, meet new people, stay in touch, and share everything. I myself am an avid user. But with the ability to share the good with the world, also came the ability to share the hate and the bullying. Even as adults, we fall prey to others posting personal information you shared in confidence, posting hurtful comments, arguments you had, and any ill will they have towards you. The whole world can see it, and with the protection of being behind a computer, people will say worse things than they might in person. Many employers are now also using social networks to research possible employees and with the types of things being posted, there's a chance a potential employer may decide not to hire you, based on what people are saying about you. Though we may be able to shrug off negative comments better as adults, and know that what people say isn't true, adult self esteem is still shakeable, and when it affects your job, it affects your life in a major way. It really bothers me to know that grown adults still behave this way. What happened to treating other as you want to be treated? What happened to love your fellow man? Why can't we all just get along?