Marco Muxo
Mrs. Dominguez
English III
7 March 2017
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Ellen DeGeneres once said, "We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common - which is - we all want to be happy" (Brainy Quote). Many people do not understand that their everyday actions affect people in the long run. Bullying through the internet, also known as cyber bullying, has affected many people without them knowing who has harmed them. Cyber bullying is the act of someone causing harm to another individual, usually cloaked behind a veil of anonymity through an electronic device such as, but not limited to: cellphones, computers, and tablets. Every year, cyber bullying is becoming increasingly more notorious due to new technology and easier access to online activities. Most states have laws against cyber bullying, which reduces the crime, but doesn't even come close to stopping it. All types of bullying needs to be seriously controlled and eliminated completely. Cyber bullying is an international phenomenon that affects thousands of children a year through eating disorders, emotional distress, and suicide.
Body shaming through the internet has led to eating disorders in many children across the world. "‘Body image' is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes that others perceive them. This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure, and the media. People who are unhappy with their bodies and don't seek healthy nutrition information may develop eating disorders.." ("11 Facts about Body Image" 1). Statistics show that 90% of people who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25 and 10% of the victims of eating disorders will seek help ("11 Facts about Body Image" 1). The internet has such an influence on the world that it can be used to spread love, positivity, and kindness to others. However, many people use it in the wrong way and decide to bring others down. In most cases social media (twitter, instagram, facebook, and snapchat) can do more harm than good. Fat shaming is the most common type of cyber bullying out there. Not only is bullying hurtful and cruel, but it can cause others to become anorexic and have other eating disorders. Weak minded children who get criticized about their body lean towards eating disorders, because they let others define them. Statistics say that 65% of people who have eating disorders say that bullying caused the illness. There are many new platforms that make it easier for bullies to body shame others through social media (Kronengold 1). Society has a high standard on how people should look. Those who do not fit the criteria of beauty are usually the ones who are victims of bullying, because it makes others feel superior towards them.  Those victims feel that bullying is inescapable, making eating disorders a comforting way for the victims to cope with their problems. (Holt 10). The majority of those who have been cyber bullied believe that friendship has a positive affect on their self-esteem, but there is cases that some victims say that friendship had no affect at all (Holt 9).
Cyber bullying is a common behavior that has consequences such as emotional distress. Statistics show that more students that are victims of cyber bullying grades 6th through 10th reported depression more than those who were not involved nor the bullies themselves. Anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are results of the awful crime of cyber bullying.  Victims are shown to have suicidal thoughts, high levels of stress, loneliness, and lower confidence while the bullies themselves are more likely to suffer from depression involving the abuse of drugs. Many victims prefer to be completely alone as a way to protect themselves. Depression in the case of cyber bullies is usually caused because the victim knew the bully and didn't know how to escape from them. Anyone who is a victim of cyber bullying can experience psychological distress (Holt 2-5). "Further, victimization in the environment may uniquely contribute to psychological distress beyond that which is explained by traditional bullying experiences for instance…Early adolescents, cyber bullying victimization was independently associated with depression even