Is the Hudson Valley Really Home to The Most Cyber Bullies?
Let's face it. The internet can be a toxic place. Just how toxic can it be and just how nasty are internet trolls in New York compared to the rest of the country?
It seems like lately the internet consists of about three things: Pet videos, anti-Trump statuses and Nazis are consuming the internet. Social media outlets are filled with as much hate as people are protesting against.
Some love to cause drama and and the internet is the perfect place to do it.
New York is home to many different ideas, cultures and opinions. Thankfully, for the most part we all welcome these different ideologies but there are some hateful people out there. According to Wired's Troll Map, New York as a whole only has about the average toxicity rate at about 10%.
Besides Vermont, New York harbors the most internet bullies on the east coast. Our neighbor, New Hampshire is actually one of the most peaceful states online.
Also, we are likely to post hurtful or mean comments between midnight and 6am. Internet trolls aren't brave? That's shocking.
When you comment and post things on the internet you're always subject to a little bit of ridicule but there is a fine line between trolling and flat out cyber bullying.
If you are going to be an internet bully you need to know the different forms according to No Bullying.
- Flaming: An aggressive exchange between two people.
- Impersonation: Pretending to be someone else on the internet.
- Cyber Stalking: Using social media to follow and harass victims.
- Outing: Sharing secrets and personal information with a large group of people.
- Trolling: Trying to wind up others online with outrageous comments.