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Bullying Statistics Are Unreliable. Lets Fix That.

April 27, 2017

 

Technology is an ever-changing, developing part of our lives, and with this innovation comes pro’s and con’s. Although technology is a great resource for various things, such as medical advances, society has failed to adequately recognize a dangerous effect of computers and smart phones: bullying.

To assist in ending bullying, researchers have analyzed the causes of bullying and who is affected. We rely on these statistics and facts to help this cause, but what if this data was faulty?

David Becerra, 29, is currently studying to attain a Doctorate at Pace University. Becerra is conducting a study comparing cyber-bullying and attachment, preferably in adults. This study will take viewpoints from both victims and the bullies themselves. Becerra said that this is due to the fact that, "attachment style predicts increased rates of cyberbullying, both in terms of cyberbullying others and being victimized by cyberbullying."

"This population was selected for study because the majority of college students are required to use the Internet daily," says Becerra, "and approximately 90% of undergraduates use social media sites, therefore, this population will be ideal in examining the interrelationship between adult romantic attachment and cyberbullying behaviors"

But this can be traced down deeper to a more complicated issue. According to Becerra, "current research is a mess and conflicts and contradicts itself," and this is entirely true. Researchers can't even agree on a sustainable, legal definition for bullying, affecting this research even more. Although credible research about bullying isn't completely false, it can be flawed. This room for error is because these statistics are typically geared towards middle and high school aged children, leaving a huge margin for error since they only consult one group of people for research. 

Because of this, Becerra decided to stop looking at Cyber-bullying as a Middle School phenomenon and created something he believes that researchers can agree on. With that in mind, he wants to change the way that researchers currently conduct their studies due to the lack of information collected on adults.

 

With his new study, Becerra plans to give a more holistic view on Cyber-bullying by including this age group that was previously left out of most studies and with these new findings there will likely be a new standard allowing more accurate research to be conducted. With your help, Diverse Gaming Coalition plans to leverage this new study to provide a more comprehensive plan to curb the growing statistic of Cyber-bullying.

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