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CYBERBULLYING: THE WOES OF A SOCIETY EXISTING IN THE CURRENT DAY CYBER WORLD.

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Happy New Week Guys! It’s another week in the month of January and it’s fair to say that I’m not really sure if this month is fast or slow but then, I know that overall, we are soon to bid this month goodbye.

Over the weekend, I thought to myself what should I share with y’all or write on the blog about today? I wrote a couple of motivational words, then, I found myself canceling it and the other ideas I had were not something I wanted to throw in your face on a Monday morning (well, it would have been good to catch y’all by surprise with something you definitely didn’t see coming but then, it kinda didn’t feel appropriate for the day).

Enough stories. . . Last week wasn’t one of the best weeks for me judging by a lot of things that happened on social media (Twitter especially) and the Asiwaju thing. In as much as I do not want to go into any details which I’m sure quite a number of social media users are familiar with, I decided to share this article I wrote for the 5th Edition of Glance Magazine and which has also been featured on the website itself as a post.

The truth is, we really need to do better as people with our phones and sadly, unrestricted access to the internet and social media. Click To Tweet

Here’s the article. . .

In this age of social media and technological advancements, cyber bullying has become one of the side effects of existence in a cyber-centric world. It is one of those dangerous, life threatening and mental health affecting acts that have sadly become a trend among people on social media platforms, specifically, Instagram and Twitter.

From an angle unrelated to the act of bullying, it is not wrong to say that, cyber bullying is also a result of humans unfortunately existing in a world that has become overly insensitive in such a short time. Sometimes, thinking about cyber bullying tends to make a person feel like it is such a crazy time to be alive, knowing that social media is not a tool for protecting one another’s mental health, it is rather one of the fastest means towards the loss of sanity and peace of mind.

It suffices to say that, this current decade is characterized by a total loss of privacy, decorum and control; boundary delineations have withered and respect is a phenomenon that existed in the distant past, it would seem. It is not unusual to find that people go online, insult one another, pull another person down and get away with it, in a bid to have the bragging rights to be called a savage.

It is important to note that, as far as Nigeria is concerned, words like troll(s), clap backs, savage(ry) and many others emanated from cyber bullying and have sadly gained popularity. People have been seen to embrace it without a thought. Whereas, in other parts of the world, cyber bullying is considered a crime alongside cyber stalking. In Nigeria, we speak of it as a crime and act otherwise. On a daily basis, people lash out, say demeaning words to others on social media and go scot free. What then is a crime, if there are no judicial reactions? Do we really think much of this as an issue considering the way we handle it and laugh over it?

“Cyber bullies are just weaklings hiding behind technology to have an identity; bringing others down is how they feel powerful and better about themselves. No whole person enjoys seeing others broken except such person is sadistically… Click To Tweet

Unfortunately, cyber bullying has evolved over time, taking different forms, ranging from cyber stalking, to mean, spiteful and quite insulting comments on people’s personal and public posts, particularly on popular gossip promoting Instagram pages among Nigerians and Non-Nigerians alike. Those days are long gone when people believed kids alone were victims of cyber bullying; In this decade, everybody is trolled and cyber-bullied, particularly celebrities and their wannabes.

Read more here and you can also get yourself a copy of The 5th Edition of Glance Magazine to read some other articles by me (especially my Column; yea! I’m a Columnist with one of the best magazines ever – that’s right! 😊)

Our power should not come from bringing others down but in pulling others up. – Ìbùkúnwrites Click To Tweet

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