In the age of social media and endless platforms to talk, play games, and even video chat on, you encounter several people and have no idea what to expect from it. One of the things that could happen is bullying.

Alexis O’neil says, “I have not been bullied online, but I have been bullied at school.” She counters by saying, “Online bullying is the same thing as bullying in person. It’s the same feelings of sadness and it’s the same feelings of hurt.”

According to the University of Buffalo, “Cyber victimization on the internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimization and an emerging mental health concern among teens who are digital natives.”

It’s no secret that bullying can take a drastic toll on your mental state, but when it happens online, the ways it can happen have several forms and therefore are a little harder to grasp when it’s happening. And with so many teens on the internet nowadays, thousands, if not millions of people can be affected.

The University of Buffalo also says, “Nearly one third of teens have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal, according to the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health.”

According to Medicine Net, “Depression affects about 20% of adolescents by the time they become adults.”

It’s important to always take precaution while approaching the internet, but these statistics can make things a little more alarming. It’s also important to always be careful and think critically about events that may take place online and remember that social media is not your therapist. It can bring just as much harm as it brings insight and information on other topics.