Association between online harassment and exposure to harmful online content: A cross-national comparison between the United States and Finland

Matti Näsi, Pekka Räsänen, Atte Oksanen, James Hawdon, Teo Keipi, Emma Holkeri

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Abstract

The key focus in this article study is to examine the association between online harassment and exposure to websites related to self-harm or negative self-image, along with several other independent variables. Our data were collected from two countries, the U.S. and Finland, thus providing a chance for a cross-national comparison regarding these associations. According to the results, significant association between online harassment and most notably exposure to websites relating to eating disorders was found. Furthermore, subjective wellbeing (SWB), age and gender were significantly associated with online harassment. There were only minor differences between U.S. and Finland, indicating certain levels of cultural homogenization regarding the online space. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Internet
  • Cross-national comparison
  • Survey
  • Online behavior
  • US
  • Finland
  • VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
  • SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
  • SEXUAL-HARASSMENT
  • GENDER-DIFFERENCES
  • INTERNET HARASSMENT
  • BODY-IMAGE
  • SCHOOL
  • LIFE
  • DESENSITIZATION
  • ADOLESCENTS

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