New research led by RMIT University indicates that nine in 10 adults who use social media have committed cyberbullying, flagging a need for more measures to prevent this toxic online behaviour.
Educated and married people, irrespective of their gender, are most likely to commit cyberbullying more frequently, according to the research, but demographics are not the only factors at play. The study found other characteristics such as being outgoing or deceptive ultimately contributed to a person's likelihood of becoming a cyberbully.
The study showed 94% of respondents admitted to participating in some form of cyberbullying in their lifetime.
Among the respondents, more than half said they often commit cyberbullying while only 6% said they had never committed cyberbullying.
In today's episode, we interview Dr Mohammed Hossain from RMIT University to explain to us his recent study about cyber bullies.
Dr Mohammad Alamgir Hossain is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the School of Business IT and logistics (SBITL). Previously, he was an RMIT Vice Chancellor Postdoc Research Fellow at SBITL. He teaches information systems courses and supervises HDR students from a similar domain. Mohammad conducts research and publishes regularly in top-ranked journals.