The Effects of Bullying on Teenagers
Bullying is wrong, plain and simple. Victimizing someone by calling them names and ruining their self-esteem serves for no beneficial purpose. Furthermore, physically assaulting someone might make a bully feel good in the short term, but may be doing permanent damage to the person being abused. With social networking becoming increasingly popular among teen of all race and nationalities, people now have more opportunities to bully through this social networking, called cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying includes sending or posting mean messages to someone, usually anonymously. Cyber-bullying has dominantly been the most popular type of bullying among teens in today’s time.
One of the most predominant effects of bullying is that leads to a change in the victim’s personality. People who are normally confident and happy may become more self-conscious, shy, and unsure about their physical characteristics. Additionally, victims of bullying may also become saddened or depressed. Their confidence might completely disappear, holding them back from society. It may cause them to have trust issues with their family or friends. Once a person has been bullied, they may hesitate to participate in situations where he or she might be ridiculed, such as in public speaking or in sports. A bullied victim might even become reclusive, making it a hard time meeting new people.
Considering all the negative aspects of bullying, there are even far more serious consequences. People who have been bullied on a long term scale sometimes become so scared, upset or depressed that they see no worth in themselves anymore and want a way out of life. There have been countless reports over the past few years of students who commit suicide because they were a victim of bullying. Also, there are times when victims see no other remedy but to seek revenge on their attackers. Mass school shootings, like we see in recent news and stabbings occur on a much more frequent...