Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Racism and mental health on the Internet

It seems that all human life is on the Internet and sadly racism is no exception. A study of adolescents by researchers at the University of Illinois found that 71% of African-American, 71% of White and 67% of multiracial/'other' adolescents had come across racism online. 29% of African-American teenagers, 20% of White children and 42% of multiracial/other youngsters had experienced racial discrimination aimed at themselves via the Internet. Regardless of a victim's racial background discrimination was significantly related to increased depression with girls being more vulnerable than boys. Victimization occurred via instant messaging, discussion forums, online games and social-networking sites.

You can find out more about this research by clicking on the link in the title of this post.

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