The rise of social media: the impact on female adolescent stalking behaviours

Bowman, Sarah (2015) The rise of social media: the impact on female adolescent stalking behaviours. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    With the rise of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messaging, there is a new way to stalk; cyberstalking. Stalking is a behaviour that crosses both genders and all ages, although most commonly adult males stalk females. Yet notoriously, adolescent females have differed from other groups in their behavioural approach by stalking the same gender and in packs. However, this could be changing due to the ‘safety’ and anonymity that the internet provides them when stalking and thus the stalking behaviours of this group are adapting to exploit modern communication tools. This dissertation aims to not only examine the ways in which young women use social media sites to monitor other peoples’ behaviour but to also make links to previous research conducted in this area. Furthermore, it aims to identify new areas of research and enhance psychological and criminological understanding and knowledge. For the purpose of this research an in-person survey was chosen and had a total of 17 questions and consisted of 2 sections; the first is concerned with general beliefs and understanding of stalking and secondly the use of hypothetical scenario questions. Findings include that adolescent females do believe girls use social media to monitor other people’s behaviour. Furthermore, the stalking behaviours exhibited by adolescent females are considered as normal behaviours amongst their peers. Continually, girls are more concerned and monitor more excessively, ex-partners movements on-line than ex-friends. Finally, and most significantly, this research project concludes that males could be more at risk of online stalking by female perpetrators than females.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 14:26
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2016 14:26

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