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Cyber Mobbing Part 2: Understanding Cyber Bullying & Stalking


Cyber Mobbing: What It Is And Why You Should Care

We’ve heard of cyber stalking and cyber bullying today. We know that people make fake accounts and target individuals so intently, it can lead to psychological, mental, and even physical damage. Not to mention, on the flip side of the coin, we’ve heard of people stalking users through social media and aggregating their data, information, and pictures to a psychologically disturbing level. Both are natural side effects of a world lived through the technological screen today.

But, are you aware of the term cyber mobbing?

Cyber mobbing takes cyber stalking and cyber bullying one step farther. It’s a detrimental combination of the two that can have even more dangerous side effects for victims. It’s one thing to think a singular person is after you; it’s another to think an entire mob is after you. It results in even more isolated and depression-induced feelings that can sadly lead down paths of debilitating depression, mental disorders, and even suicide.

Cyber mobbing is cyber cruelty that involves a group sharing the same “mob mentality” against a specific individual.

It can be rooted in anything from misinformation and gossip, to completely fake stories that have been concocted by one person and spread throughout the group as “true.”
So how do cyber mobs form, and why should you care about their increasing prevalence?

Step 1: Forming the Cyber Mob

Chat rooms are incredibly popular today. No longer do people need to leave their homes and force themselves to talk to strangers for social interaction. Millions of people every single day enter public forums like Yelp Talk, KIK, and other types of cyber chats like Facebook Messenger. Inside these chatrooms, mob mentality starts to build as one person asserts their alpha dominance over the others. As a united group, other mob members start to go along with the alpha assertions, regardless of their personal stance.
Next thing you know, they’re partaking in the creation of fake accounts to attack and slander the targeted individual.

Step 2: The Cyber Mob Effects

There are cyber-mobbing effects for both the victims and the bullies. The victims end up emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically affected by this psychological bullying. They end up isolated, fatigued, depressed, and suicidal.
The mobbers end up committing a legal offense that has yet to gain ground with law firms, the media, and politicians today. Though the public does not have a proper understanding it, cyber mobbing is rooted in slandering, stalking, threatening, and psychological coaxing legal offenses that can put the offenders behind bars for years.

Step 3: Why You Should Care

 Let’s say you’re just a regular 25-year-old girl working an office job in New York City. One of your coworkers asks you on a date and you decline. That coworker, hurt by your rejection, goes home to their chatroom and tells the group that you’re a manipulative, spiteful whore who spreads rumors about people. Next thing you know, 10-people are posting your picture, information, and personal details to social media, labeling you as a #whore for all to see. You did nothing wrong. You don’t deserve this. Yet it is happening.

The Lack of Legal Justice

Unfortunately, since cyber mobbing is such a new phenomenon, there are few legal avenues for acting on the act of mobbing before it results in physical harm and suicide. Right now, police warrants and restraining orders can only be issued if there is evidence of physical harm. Cyber mobbing influence builds in the form of mental and emotional decay, which is not protected under the law.

New cyber laws need to be written so legal authority has the power to remove websites, chatrooms, messages, etc. that are contributing to the mental degradation of the targeted individual. Permanent self-harm is the result of no legal action at this time, and we need to do something about it.
We need to be vigilant of cyber mobbing. It is a real threat today. We need to spread awareness, contact our representatives, and work towards illuminating this hidden psychological danger that is claiming lives every single day.

Keywords

Cyber mobbing
Cyber bullying
Cyber stalking

References

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sue-scheff/when-cyberbullying-turns-into-cyber-mobbing_b_3957416.html
https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html
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Are We Having Fun Yet? Article Feedback

Are We Having Fun Yet? Article Feedback




Are We Having Fun Yet? Article Feedback
I’ve alway said from the beginning that the thing that makes social media so attractive, is that it has an inherent equalness; meaning that everyone’s input has the potential of being heard regardless of their status, income, education or age.
And the Urban Dictionary is a perfect example of that.
After my review of Yelp, I received a screen shot of the Urban Dictionary definition of “Yelper.”  It seems that although Yelp is just an app, it also evokes quite a lot emotion, both positively and negatively:
Which of course I find extremely fascinating.
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Cyber Mobbing: Understanding Cyber Bullying and Stalking

Cyber Mobbing: Understanding Cyber Bullying and Stalking




Cyber bullying and stalking: How is it affecting famous people especially women?
The world has become a global community. Everything is interconnected and communications are quite easy now. Although the benefits of the internet and this connectivity are countless but there are some darker sides too. These dark sides are impacting some individuals to a greater extent. With every positive side, there comes a negative one too. Technology has provided us with a lot of power. Now, the way we choose to use this technology depends on us. This is how things work. Not every person in this world has a productive thought process. Some think in the wrong direction and use this opportunity for negative purposes.

Cyber bullying and stalking:

Before we get into the details of effects, there is a need to understand cyber bullying and stalking. Cyber bullying is considered as one of the most dangerous crimes in which a person is followed and contacted online. All of this is done online and everything happens against the will of that specified person.
However, the intensity of bullying can vary. There are some people who do this on a personal level and then there are some who does this on an open forum. This indirect bullying will include the actions of a third party who is posting pictures, negative comments and videos related to a specified person on social media sites. They can also make bad jokes about them. It may seem something simple or harmless to some people but all this can have drastic effects on the other person.  

Cyber stalking:

Another form of disturbing the other person is cyber stalking. It is a bit hidden and ambiguous as compared to bullying. Stalking is mostly an act that occurs when basic information about an individual is hacked or followed. This basic information may include location, home address, work address, web history or other major things. All this information will be utilized for harassing other person or threaten them to person some task. This can also be done to get information about the current happenings in a person’s life.
It is considered as a serious offense as it may induce several problems. The effects of cyber stalking are countless. A victim will have to pass through several non-favorable circumstances and as a result, their personality and healthy life get damaged.

Cyber stalking and bullying of famous people:

Social media platforms have provided us with the opportunity to show our talents to other people. The concept of becoming an entrepreneur by showing talents is quite common. People are making their pages on the social media sites where they promote their products and services. As a result, they become famous in a specified community. People tend to like their products or services and they continue to make money and fame out of it.
But there comes a point where negative and positive sides meet. As it is quite a healthy option to utilize social media sites for the promotion of products and services, there are some people who tend to stalk and bully those people. As a result, they have to face serious consequences. It becomes more serious when all these actions do not remain in the virtual world but come in the actual world too. Fans or other people may hinder the normal life of these people.

Effects of cyber bullying and stalking on famous people:

When it comes to effects, men and women both are facing serious consequences. However, it must be noted here that the consequences of these issues may vary as per the characteristics of the victim and the person who is doing all this. The difference will also be created as per the reaction of the victim. No matter what ways are used for handling it, all these actions have serious implications that are explained below:

1.     Mental health effects:

The effects on the mental health are as follows:
·        Confusions, self-doubt and the state of denial. The victim will be unsure about the situation and will wonder if they are over-reacting.
·        Embarrassment and guilt
·        Self-blame
·        Frustration
·        Terror of being socially alone
·        Fear of damage image
·        Isolation and hopelessness
·        Panic attacks and anxiety
·        Lack of safety or the fear of being unsafe
·        Inability to sleep properly i.e. nightmares
·        Anger and homicidal thoughts
·        Emotional numbness
·        Inability to trust other and insecurities 
·        Suicidal thoughts and sometimes suicidal attempts
Apart from the above-mentioned issues, there are several other mental health issues that are faced by the victims. Sometimes the issue may lead to some serious mental health problems due to which they have to seek professional help.

1.     Physical health effects:

The next category of effects is the physical health. A person who is facing the issues of stalking and bullying may have to go through several physical health issues. Due to all these issues, their quality of life will get damaged. There are a number of ways in which a victim will be physically affected. Some major effects may include difficulty in sleeping and suffering from a great issue like depression.
Some individuals may also have to bear fatigue and anxiety all the time. Due to this, they cannot concentrate on their health. Stress can negatively impact a person and they tend to withdraw all their activities. Some of the victims may also suffer from gastrointestinal problems that lead to gain of weight.

2.     Social life effects:

One of the major aspects of a person’s life is their social life. An individual who is not surrounded by a social group cannot develop properly. The major effect of cyber bullying and stalking is the negative impact on a person’s social life. One of the biggest issues is the loss of confidence. A victim may think about the damage of their image, they do not find the right confidence to communicate with other persons.
No matter how famous a person is, they have to face these issues. These crimes need to be stopped by the law. It’s a high time to take serious actions against it.
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Yelp: It Is A Business. It Is An App. That's It.

Yelp: It Is A Business. It Is An App. That's It.






Yelp Is A Business. Yelp is An App. That's It.

Yelp was started by a couple guys (Jeremy Stoppelman & Russel Simmons) to make money.

Yelp makes money by selling advertising to businesses all over the world. The way they drive up the prices for advertising is based by content. Content that is written by YOU! Therefore, the more content YOU add to Yelp, the more MONEY Yelp gets, not YOU.

Any other attributes you ascribe to Yelp is done by YOU and your value system.

Yelp wasn't started to help or hurt you, your friends or anyone else. It's not about you.

Yelp is a business and a useful app. That's it.

Different from all other social media apps, Yelp has this interesting "Yelp Elite" status.

Essentially, Yelp offers a benefit to local Yelpers to attend local business hosted events in exchange for writing more content. As a "Yelp Elite" occasionally you go to restaurants and the longer you are Yelp Elite, the color of your "Yelp Elite" badge on your Yelp profile changes. After a certain amount of years, your profile color goes from red to gold to black to signify the length of time you've been designated "Yelp Elite." That's it.

What occurs in reality, is a real life example of The Stanford Experiment.

For those of you who don't know, The Stanford Experiment was an attempt to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, focusing on the struggle between prisoners and Prison officers, using randomization to place people into the prisoner role and the Prison Officer role. It was found that almost 100% of the time, the people who were given perceived power, abused their power, regardless of the fact that the power was non-existent.

(If you're unfamiliar with The Stanford Experiment, I suggest you read up about this legendary experiment)

Long story short, Yelp Elite, although a GENIUS idea by the Yelp founders to generate free content and a fun game, often times leads to an abuse of power in the form of Cyber Mobbing, especially in the Yelp Talk Forums. 

(if you're unfamiliar with Cyber Mobbing, I suggest you read up about this prevalent issue)

The internet and social media make it easy to share your opinion, and that's not a bad thing.  In fact, it's really great to hear everyone's ideas and thoughts on various subjects, but where's the line?  Is there a line?

Spoiler alert... Yes, there is a line, and unfortunately it seems like a lot of people are crossing it because it's easy to without any repercussions.

Leave a terrible comment on Yelp because your food didn't come in 30 seconds and you were in a hurry.  No big deal, right?

WRONG!

You see, even though we live in a digital age where everyone can make anonymous comments and hide behind their computer, that doesn't mean that's the right thing to do. 

And let's talk about that Yelp review for a minute...

Sometimes you have a bad experience with a business or restaurant, I get it.  But should it really be your personal mission to destroy a business because one of their minimum wage employees made a mistake or because they got your order wrong?  Maybe we're so used to everything being perfect and instant that we've forgotten people are still human.  And everything doesn't have to be so black and white.  A restaurant isn't ALWAYS terrible because they messed up your order once, or the local food truck isn't ALWAYS gross because you didn't like the way they make their salsa.

But too often, people decide they will anonymously tell the world a business is terrible, thinking nothing of it.  BUT, it's not nothing to those on the receiving end... Owners have invested their life savings to start this restaurant and employees depend on the wages to pay their rent, and unwarranted negative comments can literally destroy that overnight!  It's not right, and it's not cool.

So, here's the bottom line...

Let's show some restraint and maturity when reviewing businesses and posting online, and make our criticism constructive.

And I'll add to that...

Even if you are just posting it on a computer and nobody knows who you are.

Let's be honest... ripping into people online and calling them untalented, terrible, fake and so on... is seldom, if ever warranted.   

Instead, let's applaud people for being creative.  Let's try to help people that are putting themselves out there.  

Let's work to build up our local businesses.

4/5 Recommend Yelp as a useful social media app.




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Let's Talk About Being Fake For A Minute

Let's Talk About Being Fake For A Minute




The internet and social media make it easy to share your opinion, and that’s not a bad thing.  In fact, it’s really great to hear everyone’s ideas and thoughts on various subjects, but where’s the line?  Is there a line?

Spoiler alert…

Yes, there is a line, and unfortunately it seems like a lot of people are crossing it because it’s easy to without any repercussions.
Comment on a girl’s YouTube video and tell her you HATED her cover of your favorite song.   It doesn’t matter.  You don’t know her, and nobody knows who you are, right?!

WRONG!

Leave a terrible comment on Yelp because your food didn’t come in 30 seconds and you were in a hurry.  No big deal, right?

WRONG AGAIN!

You see, even though we live in a digital age where everyone can make anonymous comments and hide behind their computer, that doesn’t mean that’s the right thing to do.  When you call that girl on YouTube a “wanna be” and a “fake”, is that something you’d say to her face?  I sure hope not.  I think what people seem to forget is that even though words are typed and anonymously posted instead of delivered face to face… it doesn’t mean they don’t still hurt and they don’t still cut.

And on top of that, isn’t it ironic that the person that puts themselves out there and shares their creativity is being criticized by someone sitting in their basement, doing nothing with their life?  It’s the epitome of hypocrisy, don’t you think?  If anyone is fake and deserving of harsh feedback, it’s the self-proclaimed critic still living at his parent’s house, not the creative artist with the courage to put herself out there for the world to see.

And let’s talk about that Yelp review for a minute…

Sometimes you have a bad experience with a business or restaurant, I get it.  But should it really be your personal mission to destroy a business because one of their minimum wage employees made a mistake or because they got your order wrong?  Maybe we’re so used to everything being perfect and instant that we’ve forgotten people are still human.  And everything doesn’t have to be so black and white.  A restaurant isn’t ALWAYS terrible because they messed up your order once, or the local food truck isn’t ALWAYS gross because you didn’t like the way they make their salsa.

But too often, people decide they will anonymously tell the world a business is terrible, thinking nothing of it.  BUT, it’s not nothing to those on the receiving end… Owners have invested their life savings to start this restaurant and employees depend on the wages to pay their rent, and unwarranted negative comments can literally destroy that overnight!  It’s not right, and it’s not cool.

So, here’s the bottom line. 

Let’s all remember what our moms taught us when we were young:  If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.

And I’ll add to that… Even if you are just posting it on a computer and nobody knows who you are.

Let’s be honest… ripping into people online and calling them fake, untalented, terrible, and so on… is seldom, if ever warranted.    Instead, let’s applaud people for being creative.  Let’s try to help people that are putting themselves out there.  Let’s work to build up our local businesses.

No more hiding behind your computer screens, spewing bitterness, hate, and negativity.  We’re all better than that!
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Dr. Allegra Alexandra Powell MD Top Social Media Influencer: Running A Social Media Empire As Princess Candy Empire

Dr. Allegra Alexandra Powell MD Top Social Media Influencer: Running A Social Media Empire As Princess Candy Empire





Running A Social Media Empire

How one doctor with a passion for social media built a 5-business brand empire

Close to 13-years ago, students from Harvard launched Facebook, an interactive take on MySpace for college students to exchange photos, information, and videos. Since then, it has revolutionized how we live our lives, communicate, and brand both our businesses and ourselves. With 1.4 billion daily users and counting, Facebook’s influence has spilled into a variety of social media platforms, swallowing up the picture-sharing app of Instagram in 2012.
With the popularization and spread of social media, spanning YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, Yelp, and other cherished sites, we are witnessing an entirely new class of marketers, people with purchasing power and influencing capabilities that set trends, usher in norms, and curate how we interact with social media content.

PrincessCandyEmpire

@llvvzz or llvvzz

Founded in 2010, PrincessCandyEmpire, social media handle llvvzz or @lvvzz, was the creation of Dr. Allegra Alexandra Powell MD. Capitalizing from the growing interaction on Twitter at the time, Dr. Powell created an entertaining Twitter account that has since blown up into a massive social media business and corporation. One of the account’s very first projects was the PrincessCandyEmpire Tweetmates Calendar for The American Cancer Society in 2012 and 2014.
PrincessCandyEmpire’s funny tweets gained traction, and her content started scoring features on eCards, humor sites, and other social media platforms popular at the time. Naturally creative, Dr. Powell elected to expand her Twitter presence onto all social media platforms, including Instagram, the fastest growing social media platform of today, with the founding of a new sub-brand: Candy Rehab.

Candy Rehab

Instagram.com/Candy.Rehab   Twitter.com/TheCandyRehab   Facebook.com/TheCandyRehab

Candy Rehab is where Dr. Powell really started having fun turning a hobby into laying the foundation for a social media empire. She launched a business Facebook page, a Twitter, and four different Instagram accounts that creatively display her unique says, phrases, and zingers for followers.
The momentum continued, and with each new social media account, the PrincessCandyEmpire was growing bigger and bigger.

How did Dr. Powell do it?

Running a social media empire, especially today with the increasing competition, is no easy feat. Dr. Powell early on discovered that in order to grow a social media empire, you have to be dedicated, aggressive, and passionate about your work. She opened dozens of social media accounts, all under sub-brand names to solidify her brand and her work with viewers. From there, she dedicated herself to consistent posting and constant creative social media content turnover to keep her audience engaged.

PrincessCandyEmpire has a massive audience on all social media platforms. Now a corporation, the brand is a leading social media influencer, social media building, and content branding entity for individuals and companies alike. Not to mention, it also works with social media content generation and lifestyle blogging clients.

Sway Elite International

Obviously never satisfied with the status quo, Dr. Powell has partnered with other social media influencers to establish Sway Elite International, a company that builds brands for individuals and businesses using social media influencing power.

Influencing The Future

Today, Dr. Powell is an undisputed social media influencer with 5 businesses, 35 million viewers and followers, and Google verification across all sites. Over the past 10-years, she has opened accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Periscope, BuzzFeed, Mobli, Yelp and more and has Google Analytics to prove her astronomical performance numbers.
In the meantime, Dr. Powell will continue to launch individual social media branding and influencing businesses as someone who sits at the forefront of the influencer revolution.

References

http://www.smartinsights.com/social-media-marketing/social-media-strategy/new-global-social-media-research/

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-facebook-was-founded-2010-3

http://time.com/4299297/instagram-facebook-revenue/

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