Pew Research Center found that men are more likely to be harassed online than women last week, a result that most outlets failed to mention in their coverage of the study.
Pew released a study examining the online harassment Americans face and its breakdown by gender and race after polling over 4,200 people over the age of 18. Men are about seven percent more likely to face online harassment than women are, the data showed.
” Overall, men are slightly more likely to experience any form of online harassment (44% vs. 37% of women),” the study said.
Men are also slightly more likely to get physical threats online or be called names. Thirty percent of men have been called offensive names, compared to 23 percent of women. Twelve percent of men have gotten physical threats while eight percent of women have had their safety threatened.
Women still polled higher on other versions of online harassment, like stalking and sexual threats.
“Among adults ages 18 to 29, women are more than twice as likely as men to report experiencing sexual harassment online (21% vs. 9%). And among the youngest adults – those ages 18 to 24 – women are more than three times as likely to be sexually harassed online (20% vs. 6% of men),” the study noted.
Most media outlets neglected to mention the statistics on men facing more online harassment than women. They instead focused on the number of Americans who have been harassed online and the men who don’t believe it’s a problem.
Outlets like Breitbart and Vox did highlight the amount of men who have been harassed online, though Vox mentioned the statistics halfway through their report. Breitbart made the results on men and harassment the focus of their piece.
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