HUMAN NATURE REVEALS ITS DARK SIDE ON THE INTERNET
As a coin has two sides, Humans also have dark and light sides.
Everyone has the dark side, but Does everyone knows that?
Nowadays, we can see that the coldness of human being has increased, including thoughts, actions, or even consciousness. When we have different behaviours or thoughts from other people, they will think that we are sick. Actually everyone is sick, but only some people will express it. This symptom is classified in the medical category as Multiple personality disorders. Since the age of globalisation, people tend to show more their dark side because of the internet. The world is full of violence and suffering. We hear the stories in the news. We see the images online. We know too well how bad things can be, but if we’re sure of anything, we’re sure that we’re not like those who do evil. When humans are in a society, they must follow the rules of that society. However, when they are alone, they tend to turn themselves into funny kids, shouting and singing in their room, or making ugly face in front of the mirror. Due to being alone, they dare to do silly things without being ashamed, but living with other people they have to be respectfully to others. Thus, some people need to “PRETEND” to look good and admirable.
WHY BULLYING OR INSULTING PEOPLE IN THE PAST IS LESS THAN NOW ?
In the past, anyone who wanted to bully or insult anybody would have to find the address, write a letter, buy a stamp and go to the post box, or at least track down the telephone number. So, there were so many chances to have a second thoughts. Also, people tend to not act or say bad things to others since they have no hide identity, and they want to be accepted by society. Thus, they do not dare to say anything what they really think from their subconscious mind.
WHY HUMAN TENDS TO REVEAL MORE ITS DARK SIDE ON THE INTERNET ?
However, the advanced technology makes it easier for people to contact friends, family members, and even strangers from around the world. But there is a dark side to being this connected as well. The cyberbullying, anonymous harassment, and violent images become more common in society. Today bullying is no more confined to schools and playgrounds, children connect each other via social media, instant messaging and several other platforms on the internet. Stories about online harassment from known and unknown make headlines every now and then. The reasons that people dare to send or share whatever they want are because the online platforms can not only create the anonymous account but also it is easy to bully other people just by sending or sharing the messages or images. Therefore, it is easier for people to show their dark side of the personalities on the internet without caring other people.
According to the results of an Ipsos international survey of adults in 28 countries which reveal an increasing number of parents have children who have experienced some form of cyberbullying.
In total 20,793 interviews were conducted between March 23 – April 6, 2018, among adults aged 18-64 in the US and Canada, and adults aged 16-64 in all other countries.
Of particular interest are Russia and Japan. In both countries, parents expressed extremely high levels of confidence that their children did not experience cyberbullying of any kind.
Meanwhile, Indian parents remained among the highest to express confidence that their children were cyberbullied at least sometimes, a number that only grew from 2011 to 2018. Across Europe and the Americas, it also appears more parents are either becoming aware of their children’s negative experiences with cyberbullying, or their children are increasingly experiencing such attacks online.
All technology these days produces both good results and notable consequences. The internet is increasingly a perfect case study for this idea. While better connecting the world and democratizing information, the internet has also allowed individuals to hide behind masks of anonymity. The “faceless evil” of the internet is a growing threat for teens, specifically when it comes cyberbullying. Despite a more recent ramping up of awareness campaigns, cyberbullying facts and statistics indicate the problem is not going away anytime soon.
As I mentioned the survey earlier, everywhere in the world has online abuse which comes from the inside of human nature that is often revealed on the internet. To illustrate, the hate speech, cyberbullying, or harassment come from the dark side of human mind.
When it comes down to online abuse, These messages come mainly from people hiding behind anonymous accounts to avoid the risk of being hit by others who disagree with them. But incredibly, some of these people who are tweeting and retweeting these messages are individuals using their own names since they might think that they do not know with those people, so they do not need to care their feelings. Also, sometimes people comment hate speech because of the conformity, so they are not afraid of their own bad actions. But actually, these actions hurt people so much, causing not only the depression but also suicide.
WHICH ONE IS FAULT BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN ?
From my point of view, I reckon that technology alone cannot be blamed since the internet is just one factor that makes it easier to abuse on the internet. On the other hand, the human mind is the key thing that everyone should consider to be blamed since we need to think about why the alcohol, drugs, prostitution, and pornography including child pornography still exist in our modern world? It is because there are many who crave for it and buy it. Without demand there would be no supply. Therefore, the dark side of human nature no matter the time has changed, but the dark personality will remain. Depending on how much human wants to reveal it on the public. In the long run, the technology and human have both right and wrong which can cause the dark side not only for oneself but also others. So, everyone should have awareness and responsibility to the society to live together with peacefully.